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June 29, 2012, As Reported by the Agriculture Committee

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House Report 112-574 - THIRD SEMIANNUAL REPORT ON ACTIVITIES DURING THE 112TH CONGRESS (DECEMBER 15, 2011 TO JUNE 27, 2012)




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                                                 Union Calendar No. 414

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                            THIRD SEMIANNUAL

                          REPORT ON ACTIVITIES

                       DURING THE 112TH CONGRESS

                  (DECEMBER 15, 2011 TO JUNE 27, 2012)

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                              R E P O R T

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                        COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

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                        COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE

                   FRANK D. LUCAS, Oklahoma, Chairman
BOB GOODLATTE, Virginia,             COLLIN C. PETERSON, Minnesota, 
    Vice Chairman                        Ranking Minority Member
TIMOTHY V. JOHNSON, Illinois         TIM HOLDEN, Pennsylvania
STEVE KING, Iowa                     MIKE McINTYRE, North Carolina
RANDY NEUGEBAUER, Texas              LEONARD L. BOSWELL, Iowa
K. MICHAEL CONAWAY, Texas            JOE BACA, California
JEFF FORTENBERRY, Nebraska           DENNIS A. CARDOZA, California
JEAN SCHMIDT, Ohio                   DAVID SCOTT, Georgia
GLENN THOMPSON, Pennsylvania         HENRY CUELLAR, Texas
THOMAS J. ROONEY, Florida            JIM COSTA, California
MARLIN A. STUTZMAN, Indiana          TIMOTHY J. WALZ, Minnesota
BOB GIBBS, Ohio                      KURT SCHRADER, Oregon
AUSTIN SCOTT, Georgia                LARRY KISSELL, North Carolina
SCOTT R. TIPTON, Colorado            WILLIAM L. OWENS, New York
STEVE SOUTHERLAND II, Florida        CHELLIE PINGREE, Maine
ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD, Arkansas  JOE COURTNEY, Connecticut
MARTHA ROBY, Alabama                 PETER WELCH, Vermont
TIM HUELSKAMP, Kansas                MARCIA L. FUDGE, Ohio
SCOTT DesJARLAIS, Tennessee          GREGORIO KILILI CAMACHO SABLAN, 
RENEE L. ELLMERS, North Carolina         Northern Mariana Islands
CHRISTOPHER P. GIBSON, New York      TERRI A. SEWELL, Alabama
RANDY HULTGREN, Illinois             JAMES P. McGOVERN, Massachusetts
VICKY HARTZLER, Missouri
ROBERT T. SCHILLING, Illinois
REID J. RIBBLE, Wisconsin
KRISTI L. NOEM, South Dakota
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                           Professional Staff

                      Nicole Scott, Staff Director
                     Kevin J. Kramp, Chief Counsel
                 Tamara Hinton, Communications Director
                Robert L. Larew, Minority Staff Director
















                          LETTER OF SUBMITTAL

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                          House of Representatives,
                                  Committee on Agriculture,
                                   Washington, D.C., June 27, 2012.

Hon. Karen L. Haas,
Clerk of the House of Representatives,
Washington, D.C.

    Dear Ms. Haas: Pursuant to rule XI, clause 1(d), of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives, I herewith submit to the 
House a report of the activities of the Committee on 
Agriculture during the first quarter of the 112th Congress.
    With best wishes, I am
            Sincerely,
                               Hon. Frank D. Lucas,
                                                  Chairman.














                             C O N T E N T S

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I. Summary of Organization, Jurisdiction, and Oversight Plan of 
  the Committee on Agriculture...................................     1
    A. Organization..............................................     1
    B. Committee Jurisdiction....................................     4
    C. Oversight Plan............................................     8
II. Committee Activities During the 112th Congress...............    16
    A. Main Legislative Activities...............................    16
    B. Statistical Summary of Activities.........................    25
    C. Digest of Bills Within the Jurisdiction of the Committee 
      on Which Action Has Been Taken.............................    26
        1. Bills Enacted into Law................................    26
        2. Bills Acted on by the House But Not the Senate........    36
        3. House Resolutions Considered in the House.............    50
        4. Bills Reported........................................    51
    D. Oversight.................................................    59
    E. Meetings Not Printed......................................    73
    F. Committee Prints..........................................    74
III. Appendix....................................................    74
    A. Executive Communications..................................    74
    B. Statutory and Special Reports.............................   110




                                                 Union Calendar No. 414

112th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 2d Session                                                     112-574

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 REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE ON ACTIVITIES DURING THE 112TH 
                                CONGRESS

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 June 29, 2012.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

 Mr. Lucas, from the Committee on Agriculture, submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

    In accordance with rule XI, clause 1(d), of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, the Committee on Agriculture 
reports herewith on its activities during the 112th Congress.

  I. Summary of Organization, Jurisdiction, and Oversight Plan of the 
                        Committee on Agriculture


                            a. organization

    The House of Representatives established the total 
authorized membership of the Committee on Agriculture for the 
112th Congress at 46, with a party division of 26 Republicans 
and 20 Democrats. Among the committee members were 16 
Representatives who were serving their first terms (Gibbs, 
Austin Scott, Fincher, Tipton, Southerland, Crawford, Roby, 
Huelskamp, DesJarlais, Ellmers, Gibson, Hultgren, Hartzler, 
Schilling, Ribble, Sewell, and Noem).
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    Resigned from Committee May 11, 2011.
    Appointed to Committee and Subcommittee June 14, 2011.
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                        SUBCOMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS

    (Ratio includes ex officio Members.)
    (Frank D. Lucas, Chairman, and Collin C. Peterson, Ranking 
Minority Member, are ex officio Members of all Subcommittees.)
    The Committee organized on January 25, 2011, into six 
subcommittees, five of which were assigned jurisdiction over 
major agricultural commodities and one that dealt with various 
related agricultural operations. The six subcommittees were 
constituted as follows:

           Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry
                        (Ratio 12-10 (Total 22))

  GLENN THOMPSON, Pennsylvania, 
             Chairman
TIM HOLDEN, Pennsylvania, Ranking Minority MemberE, Virginia
KURT SCHRADER, Oregon                MARLIN A. STUTZMAN, Indiana
WILLIAM L. OWENS, New York           BOB GIBBS, Ohio
MIKE McINTYRE, North Carolina        STEPHEN LEE FINCHER, Tennessee
JIM COSTA, California                SCOTT R. TIPTON, Colorado
TIMOTHY J. WALZ, Minnesota           STEVE SOUTHERLAND II, Florida
CHELLIE PINGREE, Maine               MARTHA ROBY, Alabama
MARCIA L. FUDGE, Ohio                TIM HUELSKAMP, Kansas
GREGORIO KILILI CAMACHO SABLAN, Northern Mariana Islandsinois
                                     REID J. RIBBLE, Wisconsin
                                     KRISTI L. NOEM, South Dakota

    Jurisdiction: Soil, water, and resource conservation, small 
watershed program, energy and bio-based energy production, 
rural electrification, forestry in general and forest reserves 
other than those created from the public domain.

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      Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit
                         (Ratio 6-4 (Total 10))

   JEFF FORTENBERRY, Nebraska, 
             Chairman
MARCIA L. FUDGE, Ohio, Ranking Minority Member. JOHNSON, Illinois
JAMES P. McGOVERN, Massachusetts     STEVE KING, Iowa
JOE BACA, California                 ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD, 
                                     Arkansas
                                     STEPHEN LEE FINCHER, Tennessee
                                     KRISTI L. NOEM, South Dakota

    Jurisdiction: Agency oversight, review and analysis, 
special investigations, and agricultural credit.

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               Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture
                         (Ratio 6-4 (Total 10))

  JEAN SCHMIDT, Ohio, Chairwoman
JOE BACA, California, Ranking Minority MemberNG, Iowa
CHELLIE PINGREE, Maine               THOMAS J. ROONEY, Florida
GREGORIO KILILI CAMACHO SABLAN, Northern Mariana IslandsI, Florida
                                     ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD, 
                                     Arkansas

    Jurisdiction: Food stamps, nutrition and consumer programs, 
fruits and vegetables, honey and bees, marketing and promotion 
orders, plant pesticides, quarantine, adulteration of seeds and 
insect pests, and organic agriculture.
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    Resigned from Committee May 11, 2011.
    Appointed to Committee and Subcommittee June 14, 2011.

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      Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
                        (Ratio 15-11 (Total 26))

    K. MICHAEL CONAWAY, Texas, 
             Chairman
LEONARD L. BOSWELL, Iowa, Ranking Minority MemberIowa
MIKE McINTYRE, North Carolina        RANDY NEUGEBAUER, Texas
TIMOTHY J. WALZ, Minnesota           JEAN SCHMIDT, Ohio
LARRY KISSELL, North Carolina        BOB GIBBS, Ohio
JAMES P. McGOVERN, Massachusetts     AUSTIN SCOTT, Georgia
DENNIS A. CARDOZA, California        ERIC A. ``RICK'' CRAWFORD, 
DAVID SCOTT, Georgia                 Arkansas
JOE COURTNEY, Connecticut            MARTHA ROBY, Alabama
PETER WELCH, Vermont                 TIM HUELSKAMP, Kansas
TERRI A. SEWELL, Alabama             RENEE L. ELLMERS, North Carolina
                                     CHRISTOPHER P. GIBSON, New York
                                     RANDY HULTGREN, Illinois
                                     VICKY HARTZLER, Missouri
                                     ROBERT T. SCHILLING, Illinois

    Jurisdiction: Program and markets related to cotton, 
cottonseed, wheat, feed grains, soybeans, oilseeds, rice, dry 
beans, peas, lentils, the Commodity Credit Corporation, risk 
management, including crop insurance, commodity exchanges, and 
specialty crops.

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             Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry
                        (Ratio 11-9 (Total 20))

    THOMAS J. ROONEY, Florida, 
             Chairman
DENNIS A. CARDOZA, California,  Ranking Minority Memberginia
DAVID SCOTT, Georgia                 STEVE KING, Iowa
JOE COURTNEY, Connecticut            RANDY NEUGEBAUER, Texas
TIM HOLDEN, Pennsylvania             K. MICHAEL CONAWAY, Texas
LEONARD L. BOSWELL, Iowa             STEPHEN LEE FINCHER, Tennessee
JOE BACA, California                 TIM HUELSKAMP, Kansas
KURT SCHRADER, Oregon                SCOTT DesJARLAIS, Tennessee
WILLIAM L. OWENS, New York           CHRISTOPHER P. GIBSON, New York
                                     REID J. RIBBLE, Wisconsin
                                     KRISTI L. NOEM, South Dakota

    Jurisdiction: Livestock, dairy, poultry, meat, seafood and 
seafood products, inspection, marketing, and promotion of such 
commodities, aquaculture, animal welfare, and grazing.

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Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign 
                              Agriculture
                         (Ratio 8-6 (Total 14))

  TIMOTHY V. JOHNSON, Illinois, 
             Chairman
JIM COSTA, California, Ranking Minority MemberMPSON, Pennsylvania
HENRY CUELLAR, Texas                 MARLIN A. STUTZMAN, Indiana
PETER WELCH, Vermont                 AUSTIN SCOTT, Georgia
TERRI A. SEWELL, Alabama             RANDY HULTGREN, Illinois
LARRY KISSELL, North Carolina        VICKY HARTZLER, Missouri
                                     ROBERT T. SCHILLING, Illinois

    Jurisdiction: Rural Development, farm security and family 
farming matters; research, education and extension, 
biotechnology, foreign agriculture assistance, and trade 
promotion programs, generally.
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    Resigned from Committee May 11, 2011.
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                       b. committee jurisdiction

    Under Rules adopted by the House of Representatives for the 
111th Congress, the Committee on Agriculture's (hereinafter 
also referred to as Committee) jurisdiction (See Rule X, clause 
1 of the Rules of the House of Representatives) extended to--

    (1) Adulteration of seeds, insect pests, and protection of 
        birds and animals in forest reserves.

    (2) Agriculture generally.

    (3) Agricultural and industrial chemistry.

    (4) Agricultural colleges and experiment stations.

    (5) Agricultural economics and research.

    (6) Agricultural education extension services.

    (7) Agricultural production and marketing and stabilization 
        of prices of agricultural products, and commodities 
        (not including distribution outside of the United 
        States).

    (8) Animal industry and diseases of animals.

    (9) Commodity exchanges.

    (10) Crop insurance and soil conservation.

    (11) Dairy industry.

    (12) Entomology and plant quarantine.

    (13) Extension of farm credit and farm security.

    (14) Inspection of livestock, poultry, meat products, and 
        seafood and seafood products.

    (15) Forestry in general, and forest reserves other than 
        those created from the public domain.

    (16) Human nutrition and home economics.

    (17) Plant industry, soils, and agricultural engineering.

    (18) Rural electrification.

    (19) Rural development.

    (20) Water conservation related to activities of the 
        Department of Agriculture.

    The revised edition of the Rules and Manual of the House of 
Representatives for the 107th Congress (House Document No. 106-
320) provides the following concerning the Committee on 
Agriculture:\1\
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    \1\References are to the volume and section of Hinds' (volumes I-V, 
e.g., IV, 500) and Cannon's (volumes VI-VIII, e.g., VI, 400) Precedents 
of the House of Representatives, and to the Congressional Record by 
date and page (e.g., January 3, 1953, p. 500).

          ``This Committee was established in 1820 (IV, 4149). 
        In 1880 the subject of forestry was added to its 
        jurisdiction, and the Committee was conferred authority 
        to receive estimates of and to report appropriations 
        (IV, 4149). However, on July 1, 1920, authority to 
        report appropriations for the U.S. Department of 
        Agriculture was transferred to the Committee on 
        Appropriations (VII, 1860).
          The basic form of the present jurisdictional 
        statement was made effective January 2, 1947, as a part 
        of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946 (60 Stat. 
        812). Subparagraph (7) was altered by the 93d Congress, 
        effective January 3, 1975, to include jurisdiction over 
        agricultural commodities (including the Commodity 
        Credit Corporation) while transferring jurisdiction 
        over foreign distribution and non-domestic production 
        of commodities to the Committee on International 
        Relations (H. Res. 988, 93d Cong., Oct 8, 1974, p. 
        34470). Nevertheless, the Committee has retained a 
        limited jurisdiction over measures to release CCC 
        stocks for such foreign distribution (Sept. 14, 1989, 
        p. 20428). Previously unstated jurisdictions over 
        commodities exchanges and rural development were 
        codified effective January 3, 1975.
          The 104th Congress consolidated the Committee's 
        jurisdiction over inspection of livestock and meat 
        products to include inspection of poultry, seafood, and 
        seafood products, and added subparagraph (20) relating 
        to water conservation (sec. 202(a), H. Res. 6, Jan. 4, 
        1995, p.464). Clerical and stylistic changes were 
        effected when the House recodified its rules in the 
        106th Congress (H. Res. 5. Jan. 6, 1999, p. 47).
          The Committee has had jurisdiction of bills for 
        establishing and regulating the Department of 
        Agriculture (IV, 4150), for inspection of livestock and 
        meat products, regulation of animal industry, diseases 
        of animals (IV, 4154; VII, 1862), adulteration of 
        seeds, insect pests, protection of birds and animals in 
        forest reserves (IV, 4157; VII, 1870), the improvement 
        of the breed of horses, even with the cavalry service 
        in view (IV, 4158; VII, 1865), and in addition to the 
        Committee on Energy and Commerce, amending Horse 
        Protection Act to prevent the shipping, transporting, 
        moving, delivering, or receiving of horses to be 
        slaughtered for human consumption (July 13, 2006, p. 
        5270).
          The Committee, having charge of the general subject 
        of forestry, has reported bills relating to timber, and 
        forest reserves other than those created from the 
        public domain (IV, 4160). The Committee on Natural 
        Resources, and not this committee, has jurisdiction 
        over a bill to convey land that is part of a National 
        Forest created from the public domain (March 23, 2004, 
        p. 1344). It has also exercised jurisdiction of bills 
        relating to agricultural colleges and experiment 
        stations (IV, 4152), incorporation of agricultural 
        societies (IV, 4159), and establishment of a highway 
        commission (IV, 4153), to discourage fictitious and 
        gambling transactions in farm products (IV, 4161; VII, 
        1861), to regulate the transportation, sale and 
        handling of dogs and cats intended for use in research 
        and the licensing of animal research facilities (July 
        29, 1965, p. 18691); and to designate an agricultural 
        research center (May 14, 1995, p. 11070). The Committee 
        shares with the Committee on the Judiciary jurisdiction 
        over a bill comprehensively amending the Immigration 
        and Nationality Act and including food stamp 
        eligibility requirements for aliens (Sept. 19, 1995, p. 
        25533).
          The House referred the President's message dealing 
        with the refinancing of farm-mortgage indebtedness to 
        the Committee, thus conferring jurisdiction (April 4, 
        1933, p. 1209).
          The Committee has jurisdiction over a bill relating 
        solely to executive level position in the Department of 
        Agriculture (Mar. 2, 1976, p. 4958) and has 
        jurisdiction over bills to develop land and water 
        conservation programs on private and non-Federal lands 
        (June 7, 1976, p. 16768).''

    Some of the specific areas in which the Committee on 
Agriculture exercises its jurisdiction or that have been 
created for the Committee by historical reference include:

     (1) Public Law 480, Eighty-third Congress, the 
        restoration, expansion, and development of foreign 
        markets for United States agricultural products; and 
        the effect of the General Agreement on Tariffs and 
        Trade (and the North American Free Trade Agreement), 
        bilateral free trade agreements, the European 
        Community, and other regional economic agreements and 
        commodity marketing and pricing systems on United 
        States agriculture.

    (2) All matters relating to the establishment and 
        development of an effective Foreign Agricultural 
        Service.

    (3) Matters relating to rural development, including rural 
        telephone companies, farm credit banks, farm rural 
        housing loans, rural water supply, rural flood control 
        and water pollution control programs, and loans for 
        rural firehouses, community facilities, and businesses.

    (4) Production and use of energy from agricultural and 
        forestry resources.

    (5) Matters relating to the development, use, and 
        administration of the National Forests, including, but 
        not limited to, development of a sound program for 
        general public use of the National Forests consistent 
        with watershed protection and sustained-yield timber 
        management, study of the forest fire prevention and 
        control policies and activities of the Forest Service 
        and their relation to coordinated activities of other 
        Federal, State, and private agencies; Forest Service 
        land exchanges; and wilderness and similar use 
        designations applied to National Forest land.

    (6) Price spreads of agricultural commodities between 
        producers and consumers.

    (7) The formulation and development of improved programs 
        for agricultural commodities; matters relating to the 
        inspection, grading, and marketing of such commodities, 
        including seafood; and food safety generally.

    (8) Matters relating to trading in futures contracts for 
        all commodities and similar instruments, including 
        commodity options and commodity leverage contracts.

    (9) The administration and operation of agricultural 
        programs through State and county committees and the 
        administrative policies and procedures relating to the 
        selection, election, and operation of such committees.

    (10) The administration and development of small watershed 
        programs under Public Law 566, Eighty-third Congress, 
        as amended, and the development of resource 
        conservation and development programs for rural areas.

    (11) Programs of food assistance or distribution supported 
        in whole or in part by funds of the Department of 
        Agriculture, including but not limited to the food 
        stamp program and the commodity distribution program.

    (12) Aquaculture programs of the Department of Agriculture.

    (13) Sugar legislation, including import control programs 
        that stabilize domestic prices.

    (14) All matters relating to pesticides, the Federal 
        Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, as 
        amended, the Federal Environmental Pesticide Control 
        Act of 1972, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and 
        Rodenticide Act Amendments of 1988, and the Food 
        Quality Protection Act of 1996, including, but not 
        limited to, the registration, marketing, and safe use 
        of pesticides, groundwater contamination, and the 
        coordination of the pesticide program under FIFRA with 
        food safety programs.

    (15) Agricultural research programs, including, but not 
        limited to, the authorization of specific research 
        projects and agricultural biotechnology development 
        efforts.

    (16) All matters relating to the Commodity Credit 
        Corporation Charter Act.

    (17) Legislation relating to the control of the entry into 
        the United States of temporary, nonresident aliens for 
        employment in agricultural production.

    (18) Legislation relating to the general operations and the 
        Organic Act of the Department of Agriculture, the 
        Commodity Credit Corporation, Federal Crop Insurance 
        Corporation, Farm Credit Administration, Farm Credit 
        System, Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, and 
        Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

    (19) Producer-funded research, promotion, and consumer and 
        industry information programs for agricultural 
        commodities.

    (20) Legislation regarding reclamation water projects where 
        the pricing of water delivered by such projects is 
        affected by whether the water will be used in the 
        production of a crop for which an acreage reduction 
        program is in effect.

    (21) Legislation regarding reclamation water projects for 
        which the Secretary of Agriculture is required to make 
        a determination regarding commodity availability prior 
        to the determination of the price to be charged for the 
        delivery of such project water.

    (22) Legislation establishing the level of fees charged by 
        the Federal Government for the grazing of livestock on 
        Federal lands.

    (23) Legislation governing the Federal regulation of 
        transactions involving swaps contracts, hybrid 
        financial instruments, and derivative securities and 
        financial products.

    (24) Legislation regarding the Federal Reserve Board with 
        respect to its authority to regulate the establishment 
        of appropriate levels of margin on stock index futures 
        contracts.

    The Committee also reviews and studies, on a continuing 
basis, the current and prospective application, administration, 
execution, and effectiveness of those laws, or parts of laws, 
the subject matter of which is within the jurisdiction of the 
Committee, and the organization and operation of the Federal 
agencies and entities having responsibilities in or for the 
administration and execution thereof. In addition, the 
Committee, along with other standing Committees of the House, 
has the function of reviewing and studying on a continuing 
basis the effect or probable effect of tax and other fiscal and 
monetary policies affecting subjects within their jurisdiction.

                           c. oversight plan

    The Committee on Agriculture met on February 10, 2011 to 
also fulfill the General Oversight Responsibility reporting 
requirements of Rule X 2(d)(1) of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives.
    The following outline was prepared in consultation with the 
Ranking Minority Member and approved by the Full Committee 
which was forwarded to the Committee on Oversight and 
Government Reform and the Committee on House Administration on 
February 10, 2011:

      Oversight Plan House Committee on Agriculture 112TH Congress

    The committee expects to exercise appropriate oversight 
activity with regard to the following issues:

2008 Farm Bill and Current Agricultural Conditions

  
 Review the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) 
        implementation of the Food, Conservation, and Energy 
        Act of 2008 (FCEA);

  
 Conduct an audit or inventory of every farm bill 
        program under the committee's jurisdiction;

  
 Review programs that may be inefficient, 
        duplicative, outdated or more appropriately 
        administered by State or local governments for possible 
        cuts or elimination;

  
 Review programs for waste, fraud and abuse;

  
 Review the current state of health of the U.S. farm 
        economy;

  
 Review USDA's initial and subsequent implementation 
        of FCEA payment limit and adjusted gross income 
        provisions;

  
 Review USDA's use of Ad Hoc Disaster Assistance;

  
 Review the state of credit conditions and 
        availability in rural America;

  
 Review the impact of weather conditions on crop 
        production;

  
 Review USDA's activities regarding implementation of 
        the U.S. Warehouse Act;

  
 Review of market situation, including impact of crop 
        reports and projections;

  
 Review colony collapse disorder and other long term 
        threats to pollinator health;

  
 Review USDA's implementation of the U.S. Grain 
        Standards Act;

  
 Review USDA's implementation of the Fair and 
        Equitable Tobacco Reform Act of 2004;

  
 Review the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) management 
        controls for Finality Rule and equitable relief 
        decisions;

  
 Review how Administrative Pay-Go is affecting 
        Department actions; and

  
 Review discretionary actions by USDA that are not 
        directly authorized by legislation.

Energy

  
 Assess implementation of energy programs authorized 
        by FCEA;

  
 Review administration of the Biomass Crop Assistance 
        Program (BCAP);

  
 Review activities funded by the Biomass Research and 
        Development Act (BRDA) and input from the external BRDA 
        Advisory Board;

  
 Review availability of agriculture and forestry 
        feedstocks for renewable energy production;

  
 Review current status of research on energy crops 
        and feedstocks;

  
 Review RUS electric loan program;

  
 Review electricity reliability in rural America;

  
 Review current provisions in existing law that 
        support agriculture-based energy production and use;

  
 Review the implementation of the Renewable Fuels 
        Standard (RFA);

  
 Review programs that may be inefficient, 
        duplicative, outdated or more appropriately 
        administered by State or local governments for possible 
        cuts or elimination;

  
 Review renewable fuel programs and their impact on 
        agriculture; and

  
 Review USDA's energy infrastructure initiative.

Conservation and the Environment

  
 Review the impact of regulatory activities by the 
        EPA and its effect on agriculture productivity;

  
 Review the impact of regulatory activities carried 
        out pursuant to the Endangered Species Act (ESA), or 
        any proposed legislative changes to such Act, on 
        agricultural producers;

  
 Review the impact of the Administration's regulatory 
        activity relative to methyl bromide on production of 
        agriculture in the U.S.;

  
 Review of EPA's resource needs as they pertain to 
        the collection of pesticide user fees;

  
 Review any proposed legislation to implement the 
        Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, 
        the Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants to the 
        Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution, 
        and the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed 
        Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and 
        Pesticides in International Trade;

  
 Review the International Treaty on Plant Genetic 
        Resources for Food and Agriculture;

  
 Review budget and program activities of the NRCS;

  
 Review implementation of all of USDA's conservation 
        programs;

  
 Review conservation streamlining initiatives to 
        eliminate duplicative and overlapping programs;

  
 Review programs that may be inefficient, 
        duplicative, outdated or more appropriately 
        administered by State or local governments for possible 
        cuts or elimination;

  
 Review EPA's jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act 
        (CWA) and its impact to U.S. agriculture;

  
 Review of potential impacts of EPA's Clean Air Act 
        (CAA) regulatory program on U.S. agriculture;

  
 Review ongoing discussions and potential 
        consequences for American agriculture under the United 
        Nations Climate Change Conference;

  
 Review EPA's implementation of the Food Quality 
        Protection Act (FQPA), FIFRA and Pesticide Registration 
        Improvement Renewal Act (PRIA II);

  
 Review the impact of litigation and rulemaking 
        concerning FIFRA, ESA, CAA, CWA, the Comprehensive 
        Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act 
        (CERCLA) and the Emergency Planning and Community Right 
        to Know Act (EPCRA) and for impacts agricultural 
        operations;

  
 Review the EPA's regulatory actions in regard to 
        pesticide evaluations;

  
 Review of EPA's regulation of Animal Feeding 
        Operations;

  
 Review of the non-emergency haying and grazing 
        provisions of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP);

  
 Review of the operation of the Resource, 
        Conservation and Development Program; and

  
 Review of Total Maximum Daily Load strategies and 
        impacts on production agriculture.

Federal Crop Insurance and Risk Management

  
 Review USDA's implementation of crop insurance 
        provisions of the FCEA;

  
 Review the effectiveness of the Supplemental Revenue 
        Assistance Payments Program (SURE);

  
 Review the role and effectiveness of the Federal 
        Crop Insurance Program;

  
 Review USDA's and the Risk Management Agency's (RMA) 
        administration and oversight of the Federal Crop 
        Insurance Program;

  
 Review the availability of crop insurance as a risk 
        management tool;

  
 Review programs that may be inefficient, 
        duplicative, outdated or more appropriately 
        administered by State or local governments for possible 
        cuts or elimination;

  
 Review USDA's activities designed to find and reduce 
        crop insurance program waste, fraud, and abuse;

  
 Review USDA's handling of the SRA process;

  
 Review RMA's combination of revenue protection crop 
        insurance programs;

  
 Review the operations of the Commodity Futures 
        Trading Commission (CFTC);

  
 Review the growing consolidation and 
        internationalization of futures exchange trading;

  
 Review market machinations for exchange traded 
        energy and agricultural future products;

  
 Review enforcement and oversight capabilities of the 
        CFTC both domestically and internationally; and

  
 Review the role of the CFTC in light of potential 
        climate change legislation.

Implementation of Title VII of Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and 
        Consumer Protection Act

  
 Review the process by which the CFTC engages in 
        rulemaking as directed by Title VII of the Dodd-Frank 
        Act to ensure--

      (1) it is a transparent process;

      (2) the sequence, timing and comment deadlines of rule 
            proposals allow for meaningful public comment;

      (3) cost benefit analysis is adequately performed and 
            reflected in rule proposals;

      (4) the CFTC is well coordinated with other Federal 
            financial regulators responsible for implementing 
            Title VII;

      (5) regulations do not impose undue or excessive burdens 
            on financial markets and the economy;

      (6) regulations are consistent with the intent and 
            statutory language of the Dodd-Frank Act.

  
 Examine the CFTC, SEC and Federal Reserve rules as 
        they relate to the exemption for commercial end-users, 
        including the application of margin and capital to end-
        user OTC transactions;

  
 Examine the feasibility of timetables established by 
        Dodd-Frank in building the data, technology and 
        connectivity necessary to meet regulatory objectives;

  
 Review the impact of Title VII on market structure;

  
 Review the impact of proposed transparency 
        mechanisms on trade pricing and liquidity;

  
 Review the impact of Title VII on the global 
        competitiveness of U.S. firms.

Agriculture Trade and International Food Aid

  
 Review ongoing multilateral, regional, and bilateral 
        trade negotiations (including WTO accession agreements) 
        to assess their potential impact on U.S. agriculture;

  
 Review implementation of existing trade agreements 
        and commitments as well as proposed new trade 
        agreements and commitments to determine--

      (1) whether they are consistent with current U.S. law;

      (2) whether they will promote economic development in 
            rural areas of the U.S.;

      (3) their impact or potential impact on current 
            production of import sensitive agricultural 
            commodities, and on exports of U.S. agricultural 
            products; and

      (4) their impact or potential impact on the overall 
            competitiveness of the U.S. agricultural sector, 
            including the production, processing and 
            distribution of agricultural products.

  
 Monitor existing trade agreements to ensure trading 
        partners are meeting obligations and enforcing trade 
        commitments;

  
 Review farm export programs to determine how well 
        they are promoting the interests of U.S. agriculture 
        and examine proposals to improve, modify or expand such 
        programs;

  
 Assess U.S. food aid programs to determine their 
        impact or potential impact on the reduction of world 
        hunger. In particular, the committee will examine the 
        potential impact of multilateral trade negotiations on 
        the effectiveness of U.S. food aid programs; and

  
 Address sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) barriers 
        and other technical barriers to U.S. agricultural 
        exports and examine USDA efforts to eliminate such 
        barriers.

Agricultural Research and Promotion

  
 Review implementation of biosecurity protocols at 
        USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) laboratories;

  
 Review USDA's implementation of research, education 
        and extension programs authorized in FCEA;

  
 Review the administration of the ARS research 
        stations and worksites;

  
 Review USDA's continuing ability to conduct foreign 
        animal disease research, training and diagnostic 
        programs at the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility 
        following the transfer of the center to the Department 
        of Homeland Security;

  
 Assess Federal efforts to facilitate research and 
        development of aquacultural enterprises, specifically 
        focusing on the activities of the Joint Committee on 
        Aquaculture;

  
 Review implementation of USDA's regulation on 
        organic standards;

  
 Review implementation of USDA's collection of 
        organic production and market data;

  
 Review implementation of National Institute of Food 
        and Agriculture (NIFA);

  
 Review coordination between ARS, Economic Research 
        Service (ERS), NIFA and action agencies in USDA--such 
        as NRCS and FSA--in order to prevent duplicative 
        research;

  
 Review operation of the National Agricultural 
        Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory 
        Board;

  
 Review USDA's efforts to expand research and 
        development of pathogen reduction technologies;

  
 Evaluate the current mix of research funding 
        mechanisms to ensure maximum benefits from these 
        investments to producers, processors and consumers;

  
 Review administration of USDA's agricultural 
        marketing and promotion programs;

  
 Review of coordination between USDA and DOE on 
        energy research programs;

  
 Review of congressional appropriation process and 
        implications on research funding under ARS, ERS, NASS 
        and NIFA;

  
 Review of ARS, ERS, NASS and NIFA national program 
        priorities;

  
 Oversight of research grant process to coordinate 
        and prevent overlapping research; and

  
 Review the potential for research and technology 
        transfer to address the needs of both the biofuels and 
        livestock industries.

Biotechnology

  
 Review current regulations and research regarding 
        animal and plant biotechnology;

  
 Review the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) 
        findings regarding cloned animal products and 
        regulation of genetically engineered animals;

  
 Assess USDA's efforts to develop and promote 
        benefits of biotechnology for increasing agricultural 
        productivity and combating hunger globally; and

  
 Review USDA's management and controls over 
        biotechnology-derived material.

U.S. Forest Service Administration

  
 Review U.S. Forest Service (USFS) budget, with 
        special attention to land acquisition and easement 
        programs;

  
 Continue to monitor the effectiveness and efficiency 
        of the Forest Service fire management program, 
        including the impact of hazardous fuels management, 
        forest health efforts and fire preparedness;

  
 Review the impact of fire expenses on other USFS 
        program delivery;

  
 Assess the USFS strategy for timber harvesting on 
        Federal lands; and

  
 Review USFS efforts to promote utilization of 
        Federal forests for renewable energy purposes.

Dairy

  
 Review options to improve the efficiency and 
        effectiveness of dairy programs; and

  
 Review efficiency of Federal market order system.

Outreach and Civil Rights

  
 Review implementation of Section 14012 of the FCEA;

  
 Review the implementation of the Office of Advocacy 
        and Outreach;

  
 Monitor USDA's outreach efforts to small and 
        minority farmers/ranchers;

  
 Review of the operations of the office of the 
        Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights;

  
 Review USDA process for evaluating discrimination 
        claims under the Pigford settlement;

  
 Review of the delivery of USDA services and outreach 
        efforts on Indian reservations and tribal lands;

  
 Review current status of Agricultural Census and 
        efforts to reach undercounted farmers and ranchers; and

  
 Review participation of minority farmers in FSA 
        County/Local Committees as well as outreach to increase 
        participation in County Committee elections.

USDA General Administration

  
 Review confidentiality of information provided to 
        USDA by agricultural producers;

  
 Review USDA's field office structure for the purpose 
        of delivering commodity, conservation, energy and rural 
        development programs;

  
 Review USDA's plan to modernize its Information 
        Technology (IT) systems; and

  
 Review the administrative structure of USDA for 
        effectiveness and additional efficiencies.

Farm Credit, Rural Development, and the Rural Economy

  
 Review Farm Credit Administration's (FCA) regulatory 
        program and activities regarding the Farm Credit System 
        (FCS) to assure the its safety and soundness;

  
 Review of Farmer Mac activities and programs;

  
 Review of FSA's direct and guaranteed loan programs 
        and graduation efforts;

  
 Review of the Rural Electrification Act (REA);

  
 Review of the farm economy and access to credit;

  
 Review implementation of rural development policies 
        and authorities contained in FCEA and the Consolidated 
        Farm and Rural Development Act;

  
 Review programs that may be inefficient, 
        duplicative, outdated or more appropriately 
        administered by State or local governments for possible 
        cuts or elimination;

  
 Conduct oversight of the USDA's Rural Broadband 
        Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program;

  
 Conduct oversight of new Rural Microentrepreneur 
        Assistance Program;

  
 Conduct oversight of the implementation of the 
        USDA's Telecommunications Programs;

  
 Review the status of the Rural Telephone Bank;

  
 Assess state of rural water systems and 
        effectiveness of Federal funding to build and upgrade 
        those systems;

  
 Assess rural infrastructure and business needs and 
        effectiveness of USDA programs targeted to those needs;

  
 Review of agriculture lending practices;

  
 Review of definition of ``rural'' under rural 
        development programs; and

  
 Review of rural development loan programs and 
        default rates.

USDA Food and Nutrition Programs

  
 Review food and nutrition programs including the 
        Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), fruit 
        and vegetable initiatives, the Emergency Food 
        Assistance Program (TEFAP), the Food Distribution on 
        Indian Reservations (FDPIR) and other commodity 
        distribution programs;

  
 Assess the level of participation by states in SNAP 
        and examine state options for expanding SNAP 
        participation;

  
 Review buying patterns of SNAP recipients and 
        methods for encouraging balanced lifestyles;

  
 Review programs that may be inefficient, 
        duplicative, outdated or more appropriately 
        administered by State or local governments for possible 
        cuts or elimination;

  
 Review efforts by state SNAP administrators to 
        modernize and streamline their programs;

  
 Review the Community Food Project Program to ensure 
        cooperative grants are working;

  
 Review of the SNAP retailer approval process; and

  
 Review of the implementation of changes made to the 
        SNAP Nutrition Education Program.

Food Safety

  
 Review implementation of the FDA Food Safety 
        Modernization Act;

  
 Review implementation of the recent FDA Egg Safety 
        Rule;

  
 Review USDA's administration of meat and poultry 
        inspection laws and the FDA's food inspection 
        activities to ensure the development of scientifically 
        sound systems for food safety assurance;

  
 Review USDA's implementation of the catfish 
        inspection program;

  
 Review USDA's efforts to educate consumers regarding 
        safe food handling practices and streamline the 
        assessment and approval of food safety technologies;

  
 Review implementation of new protocols for meat, 
        poultry, eggs, or seafood safety inspection; and

  
 Review USDA's enforcement of the Humane Methods of 
        Slaughter Act and humane handling regulations.

Plant and Animal Health

  
 Review enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act;

  
 Assess Federal efforts to reduce threats to human, 
        animal, and plant health due to predatory and invasive 
        species;

  
 Assess USDA's Animal Disease Traceability Plan; and

  
 Review implementation of Sec. 10201--Plant pest and 
        disease management and disaster prevention.

Livestock Marketing

  
 Assess the effectiveness of the Grain Inspection, 
        Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) in 
        determining market manipulation in the livestock 
        industry;

  
 Review structural changes in agribusiness and the 
        potential cost and benefits for agricultural producers; 
        and

  
 Review the USDA's mandatory livestock price 
        reporting system.

Homeland and Agricultural Security

  
 Oversight of USDA's preparedness against terrorist 
        threats to agriculture production; and

  
 Review of agriculture inspection activities under 
        the Department of Homeland Security.

Miscellaneous

  
 Review the implementation and impact of The American 
        Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) on USDA 
        programs;

  
 Review implementation of the Specialty Crop 
        Competitiveness Act;

  
 Review of the impact of transportation 
        infrastructure issues on agriculture and forestry;

  
 Review USDA's implementation and enforcement of the 
        country of origin labeling rule; and

  
 Assess operation of the Fruit and Vegetable (FAV) 
        planting prohibition pilot program.

Consultation With Other Committees To Reduce Duplication

  
 With Natural Resources Committee on forestry issues, 
        ESA issues and other public land issues;

  
 With Science Committee on Research;

  
 With Ways and Means and Education and the Workforce 
        on nutrition programs;

  
 With Ways and Means on trade issues;

  
 With Homeland Security on importation of animal and 
        plant material and on research related to 
        agroterrorism;

  
 With Judiciary on immigrant agricultural labor;

  
 With Energy and Commerce on food safety and biomass 
        energy programs both existing and new;

  
 With Transportation and Infrastructure on CWA 
        compliance issues;

  
 With Financial Services Committee on Dodd-Frank Act 
        issues; and

  
 With any other committee as appropriate.

           II. Committee Activities During the 112th Congress


                     a. main legislative activities

    The Committee on Agriculture reported or otherwise 
considered a variety of bills in the 112th Congress covering 
many of the diverse areas within its jurisdictional interests.
    Some of the major activities of the committee during the 
112th Congress included the following:

Agenda for the House Agriculture Committee

  
 The Agriculture Committee approached its business in 
        an open, transparent manner and maintained the strong 
        bipartisan tradition of the Committee. One of the main 
        priorities of the Committee during this Congress was to 
        provide oversight to the various federal agencies 
        through the hearing process.

  
 The Agriculture Committee held 25 full committee 
        hearings and business meetings during the 112th 
        Congress. Various subcommittees held 40 hearings during 
        the 112th Congress.

  
 The Committee heard testimony from Administration 
        officials on 66 occasions, including 45 testimonies 
        from U.S. Department of Agriculture representatives, 
        and 9 from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. 
        Additional testimony heard by the Committee was offered 
        by university researchers, nonprofit organizations, 
        trade groups, and farmers and ranchers from across the 
        United States and totaled 220 testimonies all together.

Biotechnology

  
 In January 2011, the Committee held a public forum 
        to review the biotechnology product regulatory approval 
        process. The public forum was held to explore the issue 
        in advance of that decision.

Trade

  
 On April 7, 2011, Rep. Timothy V. Johnson, Chairman 
        of the Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, 
        Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture, held a public 
        hearing to review market promotion programs and their 
        effectiveness on expanding exports of U.S. agricultural 
        products.

Oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Commodity 
        Futures Trading Commission

  
 On February 17, 2011, the House Agriculture 
        Committee held a public hearing to review the state of 
        the farm economy. Members of the committee heard 
        testimony from U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary 
        Tom Vilsack and questioned him on a variety of topics 
        including the many regulatory burdens affecting the 
        livelihoods of farmers and ranchers. The committee also 
        discussed economic trends in prices, input costs, and 
        farm output.

  
 March 31, 2011, the House Agriculture Committee held 
        a public hearing to review the definitions of key terms 
        included in Title VII of the Wall Street Reform and 
        Consumer Protection Act, such as ``swap,'' ``Swap 
        Dealer,'' and ``Major Swap Participant.'' Additionally, 
        Members examined how end-users will be impacted by 
        these definitions and regulatory designations. The Act 
        does not define an end-user explicitly. In order to 
        qualify for the end-user exemption, a company must not 
        be designated a Swap Dealer, Major Swap Participant, or 
        a financial entity.

  
 On April 13, 2011, Rep. K. Michael Conaway, Chairman 
        of the Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and 
        Risk Management held a public hearing to further review 
        the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC) 
        rulemaking process for implementing title VII of the 
        Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection 
        Act.

  
 On May 4, 2011, the House Agriculture Committee 
        approved H.R. 1573, to facilitate implementation of 
        title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, 
        promote regulatory coordination, and avoid market 
        disruption. This legislation gives regulators 
        additional time to write and vet the rules governing 
        derivatives, and brings the U.S. into alignment with 
        our G20 partners on financial reform.

  
 On April 15, 2011, U.S. Representatives Frank D. 
        Lucas, Spencer Bachus, K. Michael Conaway, and Scott 
        Garrett introduced H.R. 1573, which would extend the 
        deadline by 18 months for implementing Title VII of the 
        Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection 
        Act. The bill gives the regulatory agencies more time 
        to effectively meet the objectives of the derivatives 
        title, to prioritize deliberation over speed, to 
        consider the costs and benefits, and to understand the 
        cumulative impact of the rules that will be applied to 
        the marketplace. Additionally, the bill realigns the 
        U.S. with the G20 agreement to implement reform by 
        December 2012.

  
 On July 21, 2011, the House Agriculture Committee 
        held a public hearing to review the impact of 
        derivatives reform on end users and smaller financial 
        institutions. Members of the Committee heard from a 
        diverse group of witnesses representing community 
        banks, public power companies, rural electric co-ops, 
        and manufacturers who expressed concerns that the 
        CFTC's regulations may go too far, imposing unnecessary 
        costs on their businesses. The witnesses expressed 
        concerns that these costs would be passed on to their 
        customers in the form of higher costs.

  
 On October 12, 2011, the House Agriculture Committee 
        held a public hearing to review seven legislative 
        proposals amending Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall 
        Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The 
        proposals are the culmination of the committee's 
        oversight efforts of the Commodity Futures Trading 
        Commission (CFTC) as it writes rules for Dodd-Frank. 
        Throughout the year, the committee has held several 
        hearings on Title VII that have included testimony from 
        every type of market participant. Businesses across 
        America in a variety of industries have shared 
        consistent concerns the CFTC is overreaching in its 
        rulemaking and it will have a negative impact on 
        businesses and on the economy.

Oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development 
        Programs

  
 On February 15, 2011, Rep. Timothy V. Johnson, 
        Chairman of the Subcommittee on Rural Development, 
        Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture held a 
        public hearing to review the various definitions of 
        rural applied under programs operated by the U.S. 
        Department of Agriculture (USDA).

  
 On April 14, 2011, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, Chairman 
        of the Subcommittee on Department Operations, 
        Oversight, and Credit held a public hearing to review 
        credit conditions in rural America. A number of 
        institutions provide credit to our nation's farmers, 
        ranchers, and rural constituents. It is important to 
        ensure credit is readily available through institutions 
        that are fundamentally sound.

  
 On March 21, 2012, Rep. Timothy V. Johnson, Chairman 
        of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on 
        Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign 
        Agriculture, held a public hearing to identify 
        duplicative Federal rural development programs. Members 
        questioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) 
        Undersecretary for Rural Development and the Director 
        of the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the 
        efforts being made to streamline duplicative programs 
        and improve coordination among agencies that administer 
        programs.

Livestock

  
 April 6, 2011, Rep. Thomas J. Rooney, Chairman of 
        the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry held 
        a public hearing to review the state of the beef 
        industry. Members of the Subcommittee heard testimony 
        from a cow-calf producer, an owner of a feeding 
        business, and a beef packer. In addition to educating 
        Members about the structure and economic conditions of 
        the beef sector, witnesses also highlighted a range of 
        issues impacting the beef industry such as 
        environmental policies, feed availability, input 
        prices, trade, and the proposed Grain Inspection, 
        Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule.

  
 April 13, 2011, Rep. Thomas J. Rooney, Chairman of 
        the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry held 
        a public hearing to review the state of the poultry 
        industry. Members of the Subcommittee heard testimony 
        from a chicken grower, a chicken integrator, and a 
        turkey grower who is also the chairman of a poultry 
        processing cooperative. In addition to educating 
        Members about the structure and economic conditions of 
        the poultry sector, witnesses also highlighted a range 
        of issues impacting the poultry industry, such as 
        environmental policies, feed availability, input 
        prices, trade, and the proposed Grain Inspection, 
        Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule.

  
 On May 4, 2011, Rep. Thomas J. Rooney, Chairman of 
        the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry, held 
        a public hearing to review the state of America's pork 
        industry. Members of the Subcommittee heard statements 
        from witnesses that represented a cross-section of the 
        pork industry, including a small farrow-to-finish 
        producer, an owner of a large family-owned pork farming 
        network, and a packer. The witnesses discussed the 
        economic and policy issues currently affecting the pork 
        industry, including international trade, feed 
        availability, animal health and welfare, environmental 
        policies, and the proposed Grain Inspection, Packers 
        and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule adding new 
        regulations under the Packers and Stockyards Act.

  
 On September 14, 2011, Rep. Thomas J. Rooney, 
        Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's 
        Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry held a 
        public hearing to examine the issue of feed 
        availability and its effect on the livestock, dairy, 
        and poultry industries.

Environmental Protection Agency

  
 On February 16, 2011, Rep. Jean Schmidt, Chairman of 
        the Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture and Rep. 
        Bob Gibbs, Chairman of the House Transportation and 
        Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Water 
        Resources and Environment held a joint public hearing 
        to consider reducing the regulatory burdens posed by 
        the case National Cotton Council v. EPA (6th Cir. 2009) 
        and to review related draft legislation.

  
 On March 2, 2011, Reps. Bob Gibbs (R-OH), Jean 
        Schmidt (R-OH), and Joe Baca (D-CA) introduced H.R. 
        872, a bipartisan bill to reduce the regulatory burdens 
        posed by the case National Cotton Council v. EPA (6th 
        Cir. 2009).

  
 On March 9, 2011, the House Agriculture Committee 
        approved H.R. 872, The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act 
        of 2011. It was a bipartisan bill that would amend the 
        Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) 
        and the Clean Water Act (CWA) to clarify Congressional 
        intent and eliminate the requirement of a National 
        Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit 
        for pesticides approved for use under FIFRA. The 
        legislation was cosponsored by 39 of the 46 Agriculture 
        Committee members.

  
 On March 31, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives 
        passed H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 
        2011 in a bipartisan vote, 292-130.

  
 Rep. Glenn ``G.T.'' Thompson, Chairman of the 
        Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry held 
        a public hearing on March 16, 2011 to further review 
        the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), 
        agricultural practices, and their implications on 
        national watersheds. Members of the subcommittee 
        highlighted the importance of conservation programs and 
        their impact on the health of the Chesapeake Bay, as 
        well as the voluntary steps farmers have taken to 
        preserve and protect this watershed.

  
 On March 10, 2011, the Committee held a public 
        hearing to review the impact of Environmental 
        Protection Agency regulations on agriculture.

Farm Bill

  
 On June 24, 2011, Rep. K. Michael Conaway, Chairman 
        of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on 
        General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, held the 
        first audit hearing on farm policy. This audit of 
        agricultural programs is the first step in the farm 
        bill process. This hearing examined the Federal Crop 
        Insurance Program, which is a cornerstone of U.S. farm 
        policy.

  
 On July 7, 2011, Rep. Jean Schmidt, Chairwoman of 
        the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on 
        Nutrition and Horticulture, held an audit hearing to 
        examine specialty crop programs.

  
 On July 7, 2011, Rep. Glenn `GT' Thompson, Chairman 
        of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on 
        Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, continued the audit 
        hearings on farm policy, which is the first step in the 
        farm bill process. Subcommittee Members questioned USDA 
        Administrators on how these programs can be streamlined 
        to be more effective and efficient. Although the past 
        two farm bills saw dramatic increases in conservation 
        spending, several of the programs do not have a budget 
        baseline beyond the expiration of the 2008 Farm Bill.

  
 On July 13, 2011, Rep. Timothy V. Johnson, Chairman 
        of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on 
        Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign 
        Agriculture, held an audit hearing to examine trade, 
        food aid and agricultural development programs operated 
        by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign 
        Agricultural Service (FAS) and the U.S. Agency for 
        International Development (USAID).

  
 On July 14, 2011, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, Chairman of 
        the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on 
        Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit, held an 
        audit hearing to examine the U.S. Department of 
        Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency's (FSA) loan 
        programs.

  
 On July 20, 2011, Rep. Glenn `GT' Thompson, Chairman 
        of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on 
        Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, held an audit 
        hearing to review energy and forestry programs within 
        the subcommittee's jurisdiction.

  
 On July 21, 2011, Rep. Jean Schmidt, Chairwoman of 
        the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on 
        Nutrition and Horticulture, held an audit hearing to 
        examine Title IV nutrition programs. The nutrition 
        title accounts for more than 75 percent of the entire 
        farm bill spending.

  
 On July 27, 2011, Rep. K. Michael Conaway, Chairman 
        of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on 
        General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, held an 
        audit hearing to examine Title I programs and the 
        Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) 
        program. Title I programs, plus crop insurance, form 
        the backbone of the farm safety net, but only account 
        for roughly 16 percent of all farm bill spending.

  
 On July 28, 2011, Rep. Timothy V. Johnson, Chairman 
        of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on 
        Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign 
        Agriculture, held an audit hearing to examine U.S. 
        Department of Agriculture (USDA) research programs. 
        Research programs are vital to enhancing agricultural 
        productivity, decreasing input costs, and ensuring 
        American consumers continue to enjoy safe, abundant, 
        affordable, and nutritious food supply.

  
 On September 8, 2011, Rep. Thomas J. Rooney, 
        Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's 
        Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry held an 
        audit hearing to examine U.S. Department of Agriculture 
        (USDA) dairy programs. Members of the Subcommittee 
        heard testimony about how these programs are working, 
        current conditions and productivity in the dairy 
        industry, and possible public policy challenges, moving 
        forward.

  
 On September 13, 2011, Rep. Timothy V. Johnson, 
        Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's 
        Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, 
        Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture, held an audit 
        hearing to examine U.S. Department of Agriculture 
        (USDA) rural development programs. This is the eleventh 
        and final hearing in the audit series designed to 
        provide members of the committee with a greater 
        understanding of farm policy.

Farm Bill Field Hearings

  
 On March 9, 2012, Chairman Frank D. Lucas held a 
        field hearing in Saranac Lake, New York. It was the 
        first of a series to be held throughout March and April 
        to gather input in advance of writing the 2012 Farm 
        Bill. Members heard testimony from producers in the 
        northeastern United States on the future of farm 
        policy.

  
 On March 23, 2012, Chairman Frank D. Lucas continued 
        the House Agriculture Committee's field hearing series 
        in Galesburg, Illinois. It was the second of four 
        hearings to be held across the country throughout March 
        and April to gather input in advance of writing the 
        2012 Farm Bill. Members heard testimony from Midwest 
        producers of corn, rice, soybeans, wheat, sorghum, 
        specialty crops and beef.

  
 On March 30, 2012, Chairman Frank D. Lucas continued 
        the House Agriculture Committee's field hearing series 
        in State University, Arkansas. It was the third of four 
        hearings to be held across the country throughout March 
        and April to gather input in advance of writing the 
        2012 Farm Bill. Members heard from Southeast producers 
        of aquaculture, beef, and a variety of commodities, 
        including rice and cotton, about the contributions U.S. 
        agriculture has made to the U.S. economy.

  
 On April 20, 2012, Chairman Frank D. Lucas wrapped 
        up the House Agriculture Committee's field hearing 
        series in Dodge City, Kansas. It was the final hearing 
        that was held across the country to listen directly to 
        producers on the ground and gather input in advance of 
        writing the 2012 Farm Bill. Members heard from 
        producers of a variety of commodities and beef about 
        the tools they need to continue to produce a safe and 
        affordable food and fiber supply. Witnesses explained 
        that one of the goals of the Farm Bill should be to 
        provide opportunities for effective risk management for 
        all of agriculture.

Farm Bill Formulation

  
 On April 25, 2012, Rep. Timothy V. Johnson, Chairman 
        of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on 
        Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign 
        Agriculture, held a hearing to review U.S. Department 
        of Agriculture (USDA) rural development programs in 
        advance of writing the 2012 Farm Bill. Members heard 
        from two panels of witnesses who explained how programs 
        can be improved to increase their effectiveness.

  
 On April 26, 2012, Rep. Thomas J. Rooney, Chairman 
        of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on 
        Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry held a hearing on 
        reforming dairy programs in the 2012 Farm Bill. 
        Witnesses discussed problems with current dairy 
        programs and provided feedback on proposals being 
        considered to address those inadequacies.

  
 On April 26, 2012, Rep. Glenn `GT' Thompson, 
        Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's 
        Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, 
        held a hearing to learn from members of the agriculture 
        community on how conservation programs should be 
        structured in the 2012 Farm Bill. Witnesses testified 
        to the importance of conservation programs to assist 
        producers and landowners with voluntary conservation 
        initiatives, while also acknowledging the difficult 
        budget circumstances for reauthorizing Farm Bill 
        programs.

  
 On May 8, 2012, Rep. Jean Schmidt, Chairwoman of the 
        House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Nutrition 
        and Horticulture, held a hearing to continue receiving 
        input on agricultural programs in preparation for 
        writing the 2012 Farm Bill. This hearing focused on 
        specialty crop and nutrition programs.

  
 On May 10, 2012, Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, Chairman of 
        the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on 
        Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit held a 
        public hearing to learn more about how credit programs 
        are working for farmers and how they should continue in 
        the 2012 Farm Bill.

  
 On May 16 & 17, 2012, Rep. K. Michael Conaway, 
        Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's 
        Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk 
        Management, held a two-day hearing that focused on 
        commodity programs and crop insurance in preparation of 
        the 2012 Farm Bill. The four panels of witnesses 
        included economists and leaders from various commodity 
        and agricultural groups highlighting the diversity of 
        agriculture across the country. Witnesses described how 
        programs are working under current law and how reforms 
        can be made while stressing the need for a fair and 
        effective safety net and a strong crop insurance 
        program.

  
 On May 18, 2012, Rep. Glenn `GT' Thompson, Chairman 
        of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on 
        Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, wrapped up the 
        third and final hearing series on agricultural programs 
        in advance of writing the next Farm Bill. This series 
        was held on the Subcommittee level and gathered 
        agricultural leaders in Washington to share their 
        policy priorities. This hearing focused on energy and 
        forestry programs.

Conservation, Energy, and Forestry

  
 On July 8, 2011, the House Agriculture Subcommittee 
        on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry joined with the 
        Natural Resources' Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral 
        Resources to hold a joint hearing on ``Challenges 
        facing Domestic Oil and Gas Development: Review of 
        Bureau of Land Management/U.S. Forest Service Ban on 
        Horizontal Drilling on Federal Lands.'' The panel heard 
        from a number of experts regarding the U.S. Forest 
        Service's proposed ban of horizontal drilling in the 
        George Washington National Forest, as well as the 
        Interior Departments' potential regulation of hydraulic 
        fracturing on Federal lands.

  
 On November 3, 2011, Rep. Glenn `GT' Thompson, 
        Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's 
        Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry held 
        a public hearing to review the implementation of Phase 
        II of the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load 
        (TMDL) Watershed Implementation Plans (WIP) and their 
        impact on states and rural communities. The 
        implementation of the TMDL is complex and far-reaching, 
        affecting communities in six states and the District of 
        Columbia. States are now in the second phase of a 
        three-part process to limit discharge into the Bay and 
        several of them have raised concerns about the cost and 
        the regulatory burden they face in meeting the new 
        limits. Witnesses testified that the process is being 
        driven by arbitrary deadlines from the Environmental 
        Protection Agency (EPA) instead of economic and 
        scientific assessments. This creates difficulties for 
        states and municipalities attempting to meet EPA's 
        requirements.

  
 On March 27, 2012, Rep. Glenn `GT' Thompson, 
        Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's 
        Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, 
        held a public hearing to review several aspects 
        affecting forest health, including timber harvests, 
        wildlife management, invasive species, and the U.S. 
        Forest Service's planning rule.

MF Global Bankruptcy

  
 On December 5, 2011, the House Agriculture Committee 
        approved the issuance of a subpoena to compel the 
        attendance of Hon. Jon S. Corzine, the former Chief 
        Executive Officer of MF Global, at the full committee 
        hearing scheduled for December 8 to examine the MF 
        Global bankruptcy.

  
 On December 8, 2011, the House Agriculture Committee 
        held a public hearing to examine the MF Global 
        bankruptcy and reports that as much as $1.2 billion in 
        customer funds have gone missing. The disappearance of 
        customer funds from MF Global has badly shaken the 
        trust that farmers, ranchers, and businesses across 
        America place in futures trading. The hearing marked 
        the first public comments about the circumstances 
        surrounding the bankruptcy from MF Global's former CEO, 
        Jon S. Corzine. Members questioned Mr. Corzine and 
        other witnesses about the events leading up to the 
        bankruptcy and the whereabouts of customer funds.

Dodd-Frank

  
 On January 25, 2012, the House Agriculture Committee 
        advanced by voice vote six bills that amend Title VII 
        of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer 
        Protection Act. The legislation is the culmination of 
        the committee's oversight efforts of the Commodity 
        Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) as it writes rules 
        for Dodd-Frank. The bills passed included: H.R. 3336, 
        H.R. 3527, H.R. 2779, H.R. 2682, H.R. 2586, and H.R. 
        1840.

  
 On February 29, 2012, the House Agriculture 
        Committee held a public hearing to review the 2012 
        agenda of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission 
        (CFTC) as the agency continues to investigate the 
        collapse of MF Global and promulgate rules pursuant to 
        the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer 
        Protection Act. Members of the Committee pressed CFTC 
        Chairman Gary Gensler on the strength of customer 
        protections in place in light of the collapse of MF 
        Global and the Dodd-Frank rulemaking process.

  
 On March 28, 2012, Rep. K. Michael Conaway, Chairman 
        of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on 
        General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, held a 
        public hearing to consider three pieces of legislation 
        designed to mitigate unintended consequences of certain 
        provisions of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street 
        Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and clarify the 
        reach of new regulatory requirements to swaps 
        activities that occur outside the U.S. Members of the 
        Subcommittee reviewed H.R. 3283, the ``Swap 
        Jurisdiction Certainty Act'', H.R. 1838 to repeal 
        Section 716 of Dodd-Frank, and H.R. 4235, the ``Swap 
        Data Repository & Clearinghouse Indemnification 
        Correction Act of 2012''.

Budget

  
 On March 7, 2012, the House Agriculture Committee 
        held a business meeting to consider the Budget Views 
        and Estimates Letter of the Committee on Agriculture 
        for the agencies and programs under jurisdiction of the 
        Committee for FY 2013.

Reconciliation Requirement

  
 On April 18, 2012, the House Agriculture Committee 
        held a business meeting. Advancing, by voice vote, the 
        proposal to satisfy reconciliation instructions 
        required by House Concurrent Resolution 112. 
        Instructions included making policy changes that 
        resulted in one, five, and 10 year saving estimates of 
        $7.7 billion, $19.7 billion, and $33.2 billion, 
        respectively.

                  b. statistical summary of activities

    (1) Statistics on bills referred to the Committee on 
        Agriculture

    Number of bills referred:





House bills................................................        200
Senate bills...............................................          1
House joint resolutions....................................          1
House concurrent resolutions...............................          0
Senate joint resolutions...................................          0
Senate concurrent resolutions..............................          0
House resolutions..........................................          6
                                                            ------------
  Total....................................................        208



    (2) Disposition of Bills Containing Items Under the 
        Jurisdiction of the Committee on Agriculture





Bills enacted into law.....................................          3
Bills acted on by the Committee included in other bills              0
 that became law...........................................
Bills vetoed...............................................          0
Bills acted on by both Houses, but not enacted.............          0
Bills acted on by the House but not the Senate.............          7
Concurrent Resolutions approved............................          0
Bills reported to the House but not considered.............         11
Bills ordered reported, but not reported...................          0
Bills defeated in the House................................          0



    (3) Statistics on hearings and markups:


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                                                   Open business    Washington
                                                     meetings     hearings/forum  Field hearings       Total
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Full Committee..................................              10              11               4              25

Subcommittees:

  General Farm Commodities and Risk Management..               0               7               0               7
  Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry.................               0               6               0               6
  Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology,                  0               8               1               9
   and Foreign Agriculture......................
  Conservation, Energy, and Forestry............               0               9               0               9
  Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit..               0               5               0               5
  Nutrition and Horticulture....................               0               4               0               4
                                                 ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Total.......................................              10              50               5              65
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 c. digest of bills within the jurisdiction of the committee on which 
                         action has been taken


1. Bills Enacted into Law

            P.L. 112-46, (H.R. 765)
    Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act of 2011
    H.R. 765 was introduced on February 17, 2011 by 
Representative Rob Bishop and referred to the Committee on 
Agriculture and in addition to the Committee on Natural 
Resources. On June 15, 2011 the Committee on Natural Resources 
ordered reported the bill without amendment by unanimous 
consent. On July 20, 2011, the bill was reported to House, H. 
Rept. 112-164, Part I. On October 3, 2011 the bill passed the 
House under suspension of the rules by a recorded vote of 394 
yeas to 0 nays. On October 18, 2011 the bill passed the Senate 
by unanimous consent clearing the measure for the President. On 
November 7, 2011 the bill was signed by the President into 
Public Law 112-46.
    The Act amends the National Forest Ski Area Permit Act of 
1986 to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to permit 
seasonal and year-round natural resource based, recreational 
activities and associated facilities at ski areas, in addition 
to those that support Nordic and alpine skiing and other snow 
sports that are currently authorized by the Act. Current law 
does not address activities other than Nordic and alpine 
skiing, snow sports, and their ancillary facilities at ski 
areas on U.S. Forest Service lands. Congress intended the term 
`appropriate ancillary facilities' to include `only those 
facilities directly necessary for the operation and support of 
a winter sports facility.' The Act will allow for new 
activities such as ziplines, climbing walls, mountain biking, 
and alpine slides.
    The additional seasonal and year-round recreational 
activities and associated facilities authorized by the Act 
would encourage outdoor recreation and require such activities 
to harmonize with the natural environment. The Act also will 
make clear that the primary purpose of the authorized use and 
occupancy would continue to be skiing and other snow sports. 
The Act will not waive existing laws such as the Endangered 
Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act to allow 
for these new activities to take place. Ski areas on Forest 
Service lands are themselves `developed sites' so these new 
activities will be in keeping with the intended use of these 
areas.
            P.L. 112-96 (H.R. 3630)
    Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012
    H.R. 3630 was introduced on December 9, 2011 by 
Representative Dave Camp and referred to the Committee on Ways 
and Means, and in additional to the Committees on Energy and 
Commerce; Financial Services; Foreign Affairs; Transportation 
and Infrastructure, Agriculture; Oversight and Government 
Reform; House Administration; Budget; Natural Resources; Rules; 
and Intelligence (Permanent Select). On December 13, 2011 the 
bill passed the House, amended, by a recorded vote of 234 yeas 
to 193 nays. On December 17, 2011, the bill passed the Senate, 
amended, by unanimous consent. On December 20, 2011, House 
disagreed to the Senate amendment, and appointed conferees: 
Camp, Upton, Brady (TX), Walden, Price (GA), Reed, Ellmers, and 
Hayworth. On December 23, 2011, the Senate insisted on its 
amendment, agreed to a conference. On that same date the House 
appointed additional conferees: Levin, Beccerra, Van Hollen, 
Schwartz, and Waxman. On January 3, 2012, the Senate appointed 
conferees: Baucus, Reed; Cardin, Casey, Kyl, Crapo, and 
Barrasso. A conference was held on: January 24, 2012, February 
1, 2012, February 2, 2012, and February 7, 2012 with a 
conference report filed on February 16, 2012, H. Rept. 112-399. 
The conference report passed the House on February 17, 2012 by 
a recorded vote of 293 yeas to 13 nays. On that same date, the 
Senate agreed to the conference report by a recorded vote of 60 
yeas to 36 nays. On February 22, 2012 the bill was presented to 
the President and signed into Public Law 112-96.
    The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 
provided an extension of the payroll tax rates for the 
remainder of the calendar year 2012. In addition, the Act 
provided a fully-offset delay it the implementation of the 
Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (the so-called ``Doc-fix'') 
and extended and reformed Federal funded Unemployment Insurance 
benefits for the remainder of calendar year 2012. Title IV of 
the Act extends the authorization of the Temporary Assistance 
for Needy Families (TANF) state block grant program at current 
level of $16.5 billion annually, through September 30, 2012. 
The Act also improves program administration by standardizing 
date elements to improve integrity and collaboration. The 
measure would also prohibit welfare funds from being accessed 
in strip clubs, liquor stores, and casinos by blocking welfare 
Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards from working in ATMs 
there.
    The measure requires states receiving Federal grants 
through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) 
program to maintain policies that prevent TANF assistance from 
being used in a transaction in an liquor store, gaming 
establishment, or any retail establishment that provides adult 
entertainment in which performers disrobe.
    The measure further requires that Federal TANF assistance 
be reduced by 5 percent in any state that does not report its 
implementation of these policies within 2 years. The reduction 
would be enforced in the fiscal year immediately succeeding the 
year in which two-year period end s and would continue each 
year until the state demonstrates that these policies have been 
implemented. (Note: See also the discussion of H. Res. 72 under 
``3. House Resolutions Considered in the House.'')
            P.L. 112-132 (S. 3261)
    To allow the Chief of the Forest Service to award certain 
contracts for large air tankers.
    S. 3261 was introduced on June 4, 2012 by Senator Wyden and 
referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and 
Forestry. The bill was discharged from Committee and passed by 
the Senate by Unanimous Consent on June 7, 2012. On that same 
day the bill was received in the House and referred to the 
Committee on Agriculture. The measure was discharged from 
Committee and passed by the House by Unanimous Consent on June 
8, 2012. On June 13, 2012, the bill was presented to the 
President and signed into Public Law 112-132.
    The Act waives the congressional mandated 30-day 
notification period before the Forest Service can issue new 
contracts for aircraft for its air tanker fleet. The West is 
currently experiencing a drought that drastically increased the 
hazards of wildfire this year and the measure gives the Forest 
Service the tools to modernize its fleet of air tankers 
immediately. The fleet is currently using several tankers that 
have been in service for 50 years or longer.

    Other Bills: Several bills acted on by other committees, 
but not acted on by the Committee on Agriculture contain 
provisions relating to matters with the Committee's 
jurisdiction. The following are abbreviated summaries of these 
bills, including some of the relevant provisions.

Legislative Matters

            P.L. 112-41, (H.R. 3080)
    United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
    H.R. 3080 was introduced on October 3, 2011 by 
Representative Eric Cantor and referred to the Committee on 
Ways and Means. On October 5, 2011 the bill was ordered 
reported by a recorded vote of 31 yeas to 5 nays. On October 6, 
2011 the bill was reported to the House, H. Rept. 112-239. On 
October 12, 2011 the bill passed the House by a recorded vote 
of 278 yeas to 151 nays. On that same date the bill passed the 
Senate by a recorded vote of 83 yeas to 15 nays. On October 21, 
2011 the bill was signed by the President into Public Law 112-
41.
    The Act will implement the agreement establishing a free 
trade area between the United States and Korea that was signed 
on June 30, 2007. The United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement 
covers all agricultural and industrial sectors, provides for 
expanded market access for U.S. services, contains greater 
protections for U.S. intellectual property rights holders, and 
includes strong labor and environment provisions.
    Currently, U.S. industrial goods face an average tariff of 
6.2 percent in Korea, paying over $1.3 billion a year. Korean 
exports enter the United States at an average tariff of only 
2.8 percent--less than \1/2\ the Korean rate. The agreement 
will significantly open up the Korean market, helping U.S. 
exporters gain greater access. The International Trade 
Commission (`ITC') estimates that U.S. exports to Korea would 
increase by $9.7-10.9 billion as a result of tariff reductions 
alone.
    U.S. agriculture exports to Korea currently face an average 
tariff of 54 percent, whereas Korean agricultural exports to 
the United States face average tariffs of just 9 percent. The 
agreement would remedy this by making more than \1/2\ of 
current U.S. farm exports to Korea by value duty-free 
immediately upon implementation, including U.S. exports of 
wheat, corn for feed, soybeans for crushing, whey for feed use, 
hides and skins, cotton, cherries, pistachios, almonds, grape 
juice, and wine. The agreement would also address key non-
tariff barriers. For example, Korea would recognize the 
equivalence of the U.S. food safety system for meat, poultry, 
and processed foods.
            P.L. 112-42, (H.R. 3078)
    United States-Columbia Trade Promotion Agreement 
Implementation Act
    H.R. 3078 was introduced on October 3, 2011 by 
Representative Eric Cantor and referred to the Committee on 
Ways and Means. On October 5, 2011 the bill was ordered 
reported by a recorded vote of 24 yeas to 12 nays. On October 
6, 2011 the bill was reported to the House, H. Rept. 112-237. 
On October 12, 2011 the bill passed the House by a recorded 
vote of 262 yeas to 167 nays. On that same date the bill passed 
the Senate by a recorded vote of 66 yeas to 33 nays. On October 
21, 2011 the bill was signed by the President into Public Law 
112-42.
    The Act will implement the agreement establishing a free 
trade area between the United States and Colombia that was 
signed on November 22, 2006. That agreement was approved by the 
Columbian Congress in June 2007 and again in October 2007 after 
it was modified to include new provisions after the May 10, 
2007 bipartisan understanding between Congressional leaders and 
the Administration. The agreement will immediately eliminate 
duties on 80% of U.S. exports of consumer and industrial 
products to Colombia. Most remaining tariffs will be eliminated 
within 10 years of implementation.
    Currently, U.S. agriculture exports to Colombia face an 
average tariff of 20 percent, whereas only two Colombian 
agricultural exports to the United States face tariffs above 
three percent. The agreement would remedy this by providing 
immediate duty-free treatment for 77.5 percent of Colombia's 
agricultural tariff lines, including U.S. exports of soybeans, 
cotton, wheat, barley, peanuts, bacon, high-quality beef, the 
vast majority of processed products, and almost all fruit and 
vegetable products, with tariffs eliminated on almost 93 
percent of agricultural tariff lines within 10 years. The 
agreement would immediately eliminate Colombia's separate 
`price band' variable tariffs for U.S. exports, which the 
European Union's trade agreement with Colombia does not 
eliminate for EU exports.
    As a result, the ITC estimates significant gains in U.S. 
agricultural exports. For example, the ITC estimates that U.S. 
exports of grains could increase by 55 to 77 percent and 
soybeans, soybean products, and animal feeds by 30 to 50 
percent. The agreement would also provide guarantees against 
key non-tariff barriers. For example, Colombia has committed to 
continuing to recognize the equivalence of the U.S. food safety 
system for meat and poultry and would provide access for all 
U.S. beef and beef products consistent with international 
norms.
            P.L. 112-43, (H.R. 3079)
    United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement 
Implementation Act
    H.R. 3079 was introduced on October 3, 2011 by 
Representative Eric Cantor and referred to the Committee on 
Ways and Means. On October 5, 2011 the bill was ordered 
reported by a recorded vote of 32 yeas to 3 nays. On October 6, 
2011 the bill was reported to the House, H. Rept. 112-238. On 
October 12, 2011 the bill passed the House by a recorded vote 
of 300 yeas to 129 nays. On that same date the bill passed the 
Senate by a recorded vote of 77 yeas to 22 nays. On October 21, 
2011 the bill was signed by the President into Public Law 112-
43.
    The United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement 
Implementation Act approves the United States-Panama Trade 
Promotion Agreement that was signed on June 28, 2007, with the 
Government of Panama, and the statement of administrative 
action proposed to implement the agreement, both submitted to 
Congress on October 3, 2011.
    The agreement covers all agricultural and industrial 
sectors, provides for greatly expanded market access for U.S. 
services, contains greater protections for U.S. intellectual 
property rights holders, and includes strong labor and 
environmental provisions.
    Currently, U.S. industrial goods face an average tariff of 
7 percent in Panama, with some tariffs as high as 81 percent. 
Almost all Panamanian exports enter the United States duty free 
due to low U.S. tariffs and U.S. trade preference programs. The 
agreement would transition the U.S.-Panama trading relationship 
from one-way preferences to full partnership and reciprocal 
commitments, helping U.S. exporters gain greater access to the 
Panamanian market, one of the fastest growing in Latin America. 
The International Trade Commissions (`ITC') estimates that U.S. 
exports to Panama for certain sectors would increase up to 145 
percent.
    U.S. agriculture exports to Panama currently face an 
average tariff of 15 percent, whereas more than 99 percent of 
Panamanian agricultural exports to the United States enter 
duty-free. The agreement would remedy this by making more than 
\1/2\ of current U.S. farm exports to Panama by value duty-free 
immediately upon implementation, including U.S. exports of 
pork, rice, soybeans, cotton, wheat, and most fresh fruit. The 
agreement would also address key non-tariff barriers. For 
example, Panama would recognize the equivalence of the U.S. 
food safety system for meat, poultry, and processed foods and 
would provide access for all U.S. beef and beef products 
consistent with international norms.
            P.L. 112-105, (S. 2038)
    Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK 
Act)
    S. 2038 was introduced on January 26, 2012 by Senator 
Joseph Lieberman and referred to the Senate Committee on 
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. On February 2, 2012 
the bill passed the Senate by a recorded vote of 96 yeas to 3 
nays. On February 6, 2012 the bill was received by House and 
held at the desk. On February 9, 2012 the bill passed the 
House, amended, under suspension of the rules by a recorded 
vote of 417 yeas to 2 nays. On March 22, 2012 the Senate agreed 
to the House amendment to the bill by unanimous consent.
    The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 
requires the congressional ethics committees to issue 
interpretive guidance of the rules of each chamber, including 
rules on conflicts of interest and gifts, with respect to the 
prohibition against the use by Members of Congress and 
congressional employees including Legislative Branch offices 
and employees), as a means for making a private profit, of any 
nonpublic information derived from their positions a members or 
congressional employees, or gained from performance of the 
individual's official responsibilities.
    The Act declares that such Members and employees are not 
exempt from the insider trading prohibitions arising under the 
securities laws, including the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
and Rule 10b-5.
    The measure amends the Securities Exchange Act of 2934 to 
declare that such Members and employees owe a duty arising from 
a relationship of trust and confidence to Congress, the U.S. 
Government and U.S. citizens with respect to material, 
nonpublic information derived from their positions as Members 
or congressional employees or gained from performance of the 
individual's official responsibilities.
    The Act also amends the Commodity Exchange Act to apply to 
Members and congressional employees, or to judicial officers or 
employees its prohibitions against certain transactions, 
involving the purchase or sale of any commodity in interstate 
commerce, or for future delivery, or any swap.

Appropriations

            P.L. 112-4, (H.J. Res. 44)
    Further Continuing Appropriations Amendments
    H.J. Res. 44 was introduced on February 28, 2011 by 
Representative Harold Rogers and referred to the Committee on 
Appropriations and in addition to the Committee on the Budget. 
On March 1, 2011 the resolution passed the House by a recorded 
vote of 335 yeas to 91 nays. On March 2, 2011 the resolution 
passed the Senate by a recorded vote of 91 yeas to 9 nays, 
clearing the measure for the President. On that same date the 
resolution was presented to the President and signed into 
Public Law 112-4.
    The Act amends the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 
(P.L. 111-242) to extend through March 18, 2011, specified 
continuing appropriations for FY 2011.
    The measure also makes certain provisions under the 
Agriculture, Rural Development, food and Drug Administration, 
and Related Appropriations Act, 2010 relating to ``Rural 
Development Programs--Rural Utilities Service--Distance 
Learning, Telemedicine, and Broadband Program'' for the 
principal amount of broadband telecommunication loans and for 
the cost of certain broadband loans inapplicable to funds 
appropriated by the Continuing Appropriation Act of 2011.
            P.L. 112-6 (H.J. Res. 48)
    Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 2011
    H.J. Res. 48 was introduced on March 11, 2011 by 
Representative Harold Rogers and referred to the Committee on 
Appropriations. On March 15, 2011 the resolution passed the 
House by a recorded vote of 271 yeas to 158 nays. On March 17, 
2011 the resolution passed the Senate by a recorded vote of 87 
yeas to 13 nays clearing the measure for the President. On 
March 18, 2011 the resolution was signed by the President into 
Public Law 112-6.
    The Additional Continuing Appropriations Act amends the 
Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011 (P.L. 111-242) to extend 
through April 8, 2011, specified continuing appropriations for 
FY 2011.
    The Act provides funding at a specified rate of operations 
for certain agricultural, conservation, and rural development 
programs. Eliminates specified funding for: (1) the 
Agricultural Research Service; (2) the Natural Resources 
Conservation Service; (3) the National Telecommunications and 
Information Administration; (4) the Federal Payment to the 
Office of the Chief Financial Officer for the District of 
Columbia; (5) the International Fund for Ireland; (6) the 
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Brownfields 
Redevelopment; and (7) the Federal Railroad Administration.
    The Act also eliminated specified funds made available in 
the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug 
Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 
for: (1) a certain grant to the National Center for Natural 
Products Research; (2) an agricultural pest facility in Hawaii; 
(3) the Congressional Hunger Fellows Program; (4) grants to the 
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer 
Protection, to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Foods, and 
Markets, and to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade 
and Consumer Protection; (5) development of a prototype for a 
national carbon inventory and accounting system for forestry 
and agriculture; (6) the International Food Protection Training 
Institute; and (7) the Center for Foodborne Illness Research 
and Prevention.
            P.L. 112-8 (H.R. 1363)
    Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Amendments, 
2011
    H.R. 1363 was introduced on April 4, 2011 by 
Representatives Harold Rogers and referred to the Committee on 
Appropriations and in addition to the Committee on the Budget. 
On April 7, 2011 the bill passed the House by a recorded vote 
of 247 yeas to 181 nays. On April 8, 2011 the Senate passed the 
bill, amended, by a voice vote. On April 9, 2011 the House 
agreed to the Senate amendment by a recorded vote of 348 yeas 
to 70 nays. On that same date the bill was presented to the 
President and signed into Public Law 112-8.
    The Further Additional Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 
amends the Continuing Appropriations, 2011 to extend from 
December 3, 2010, to April 15, 2011, the date by which 
appropriations and funds made available authority granted 
pursuant to such Act shall be available.
            P.L. 112-10 (H.R. 1473)
    Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing 
Appropriations Act, 2011
    H.R. 1473 was introduced on April 11, 2011 by 
Representatives Harold Rogers and referred to the Committee on 
Appropriations and in addition to the Committee on the Budget 
and Ways and Means. On April 14, 2011 the bill passed the House 
by a recorded vote of 260 yeas to 167 nays. On that same day 
the bill passed the Senate by a recorded vote of 81 yeas to 19 
nays. On April 15, 2011 the bill was presented to the President 
and signed into Public Law 112-10.
    Division B of the Act makes continuing appropriations for 
FY 2011 by appropriating FY 2011 amounts at FY 2010 level for 
such operating, projects or activities as were conducted in FY 
2010 and for which appropriations, funds, or other authority 
were made available in: (1) the Agriculture, Rural Development, 
Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act, 2010; (2) the Energy and Water Development 
and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010; (3) the 
Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010; (4) 
the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related 
Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010; (5) the Legislative Branch 
Appropriations Act, 2010; (6) the Consolidated Appropriations 
Act, 2010; and (7) chapter 1 of title I of the Supplemental 
Appropriations Act, 2010, addressing guaranteed loans in the 
rural housing insurance fund. (Note: See also the discussion of 
H.R. 1 under ``2. Bills Acted on by the House But Not the 
Senate.'')
            P.L. 112-33, (H.R. 2017)
    Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012
    H.R. 2017 was introduced and reported as an original 
measure by Representative Robert Aderholt on May 26, 2011, H. 
Rept. 112-91. On June 2, 2011 the bill passed the House, 
amended, by a recorded vote of 231 yeas to 188 nays. On 
September 7, 2011 the Senate Committee on Appropriations 
reported the bill with amendment, S. Rept. 112-74. On September 
26, 2011 the Senate adopted a full substitute amendment 
converting the measure into a Continuing Appropriations Act and 
passed the bill, as amended, by a voice vote. On September 29, 
2011 the House agreed to the Senate amendments by unanimous 
consent. On September 30, 2011 the bill was presented to the 
President and signed into Public Law 112-33.
    The Continuing Appropriations Act makes continuing 
appropriations for FY 2012 thru October 4, 2011.
            P.L. 112-36 (H.R. 2608)
    Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012
    H.R. 2608 was introduced by Representative Sam Graves on 
July 21, 2011 and referred to the Committee on Small Business. 
On July 26, 2011 the bill passed the House under suspension of 
the rules, as amended by a voice vote. On July 28, 2011 the 
bill passed the Senate with an amendment by unanimous consent. 
On September 21, 2011, a complete substitute amendment 
converting the measure into a Continuing Appropriations Act was 
rejected by the House by a recorded vote of 195 yeas to 230 
nays. On September 23, 2011 the House adopted a second 
amendment by a recorded vote of 219 yeas to 203 nays. This 
amendment was identical to the first, except it included a $100 
million rescission of FY 2011 spending from DOE's Title XVII 
Innovative Technology Loan Guarantee Program. On September 26, 
2011 the Senate concurred in the House amendment to the Senate 
amendment with an amendment by a recorded vote of 79 yeas to 12 
nays. On October 4, 2011 the House agreed to the Senate 
amendment to the House amendment to the Senate amendment by a 
recorded vote of 352 yeas to 66 nays. On October 5, 2011 the 
bill was signed by the President into Public Law 112-36.
    The Continuing Appropriations Act makes continuing 
appropriations for FY 2012 thru November 18, 2011.
            P.L. 112-55 (H.R. 2112)
    Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 
2012
    H.R. 2112 was introduced and reported as an original 
measure by Representative Jack Kingston on June 3, 2011, H. 
Rept. 112-101. On June 16, 2011 the bill passed the House by a 
vote of 217 yeas to 203 nays. On September 7, 2011 the Senate 
Committee on Appropriations reported the bill with an amendment 
in the nature of a substitute, S. Rept. 112-73. On November 1, 
2011 the bill was passed by the Senate with an amendment and an 
amendment to the Title by a recorded vote of 65 yeas to 30 nays 
converting the measure into a Consolidated and Further 
Continuing Appropriations Act. On November 14, 2011 conference 
report, H. Rept. 112-284 was filed and agreed to in the House 
by a roll call vote of 298 yeas to 121 nays as well as in the 
Senate by a recorded vote of 70 yeas to 30 nays. The bill was 
presented to the President on November 17 and signed into 
Public Law 112-55 on November 18, 2011.
    The agricultural agencies addressed in this bill will 
receive a total of $136.6 billion in both discretionary and 
mandatory funding, a reduction of $4.6 billion from the 
President's request based on the Administration's Mid-Session 
Review. Discretionary funding in the legislation totals $19.8 
billion--a reduction of $350 million below last year's level 
and a cut of $2.5 billion from the President's request.
    The Act also provides more than $2.5 billion for 
agricultural research programs, including the Agricultural 
Research Service and the National Institute of Food and 
Agriculture. This is a reduction of $53 million from the Fiscal 
Year 2011 level; includes $820 million--$47 million below last 
year's level--for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection 
Service (APHIS); provides $1.2 billion for FSA Salaries and 
Expenses, a decrease of $9 million below the Fiscal Year 2011 
level and $158 million below the President's request. Of the 
total, the bill provides not less than $66.7 million for the 
continued modernization (MIDAS) of FSA's information technology 
systems; provides $844 million for Natural Resources 
Conservation Service (NRCS) programs--a reduction of $45 
million below the Fiscal Year 2011 level; includes $1 billion 
for food safety and inspection programs--approximately the same 
as last year's level; provides a total of nearly $2.5 billion 
in discretionary funding for U.S. Food and Drug Administration 
(FDA)--$50 million above last year's level and $234 million 
below the President's request. Total funding for the FDA, 
including user fees, is $3.8 billion.
    Mandatory food and nutrition programs within the Department 
of Agriculture--including SNAP and child nutrition--are funded 
at $98.6 billion--$2 billion less than the President's request. 
This funding includes $3 billion in reserve funds in case of 
unanticipated increases in participation or food price 
increases.
    The Act places restrictions on the implementation of a 
Grain Inspection and Packers and Stockyards Administration 
(GIPSA) rule.
    The Act also provides $2.25 billion for rural development 
programs--$180 million below the Fiscal Year 2011 level. This 
funding includes $42.5 million to support $900 million in loan 
authority for the ``502'' direct single-family housing loan 
program, provides $900 million for the rental assistance 
program, $75 million for the Business and Industry Loan 
Guarantee program, $513 million for rural water and waste 
programs, $7.7 billion in loans for the rural electric and 
telecommunications program, and $212 million in loans for 
broadband deployment in rural areas.
    The Act further provides $205 million for the CFTC--a 
reduction of $103 million below the President's request.
            P.L 112-67 (H.J. Res. 94)
    Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 
2012, and for other purposes.
    H.J. Res. 94 was introduced by Representative Harold Rogers 
on December 16, 2011. On that same date the resolution was 
passed by the House and the Senate by unanimous consent and 
signed by the President into Public Law 112-67.
    H.J. Res. 94 amends the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 
(P.L. 112-36) to extend through December 17, 2011, specified 
continuing appropriations for FY 2012.
            P.L 112-68 (H.J. Res. 95)
    Making further continuing appropriations for fiscal year 
2015, and for other purposes.
    H.J. Res. 95 was introduced by Representative Harold Rogers 
on December 16, 2011. On that same date the resolution was 
passed by the House and the Senate by unanimous consent. On 
December 17, 2011 the resolution was signed by the President 
into Public Law 112-68.
    H.J. Res. 95 amend the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2012 
(P.L. 112-36) to extend through December 23, 2011, specified 
continuing appropriations for FY 2012.
            P.L 112-74 (H.R. 2055)
    Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012
    H.R. 2055 was introduced and reported as an original 
measure by Representative John Abney Culberson on May 31, 2011, 
H. Rept. 112-94. As reported, H.R. 2055 was the Military 
Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies, FY 2012 
Appropriations bill. However, H.R. 2055 became the vehicle for 
a number of unenacted appropriations, and a conference began on 
December 8, 2011. A conference report, H. Rept. 112-331 was 
filed on December 15, 2011. On December 16, 2011 the House 
agreed to the Conference Report by a recorded vote of 296 yeas 
to 121 nays. On December 17, 2011 the Senate agreed to the 
Conference Report by a recorded vote of 67 yeas to 32 nays. On 
December, 23, 2011 the bill was signed by the President in to 
Public Law 112-74.
    H.R. 2055 makes appropriations for FY 2012 to the 
Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of 
Agriculture for the Forest Service for (1) forest and rangeland 
research; (2) state and private forestry; (3) the National 
Forest System; (4) land acquisitions, including specified 
National Forest areas in Utah, Nevada, and California; (5) 
range rehabilitation, protection, and improvement; (6) gifts, 
donations, and bequests for forest and rangeland research; (7) 
Federal land management in Alaska; (8) wildland fire management 
(including transfers of funds); and (9) the FLAME Wildfire 
Suppression Reserve Fund (including transfers of funds).
    The Act authorizes the EPA Administrator to collect and 
obligate pesticide registration service fees in accordance with 
the Federal Insecticide Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
    The Act also makes funds appropriated to the Forest Service 
available for assistance to or through the Agency for 
International Development (USAID) to support forestry and 
related natural resource activities outside the United States 
and U.S. territories and possessions. Authorizes the Forest 
Service to sign direct funding agreements with foreign 
governments and institutions, as well as other domestic 
agencies, U.S. private sector firms, institutions, and 
organizations to provide technical assistance and training 
programs overseas on forestry and rangeland management.
    The measure prohibits subjecting funds made available to 
the Forest Service in this Act or any other Act to transfer 
under certain transfer authorities under the Department of 
Agriculture Organic Act of 1944, P.L. 106-224 (the Plant 
Protection Act of the Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000) 
and P.L. 107-107 (the Animal Health Protection Act of the 
National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2002).
    The Act also makes funds appropriated to the Forest Service 
available for making annual payments to certain counties within 
the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Oregon and 
Washington state pursuant to P.L. 99-663 (Columbia River Gorge 
National Scenic Area Act).
    The Act directs the Secretary of Agriculture, through the 
Forest Service, to make the requirements of the Healthy Forests 
Restoration Act of 2003 which provide for a pre-decisional 
objection process respecting an authorized hazardous fuel 
reduction project on Forest Service land applicable to proposed 
actions of the Forest Service concerning projects and 
activities that implement land and resource management plans 
developed under the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources 
Planning Act of 1974.

2. Bills Acted on by the House But Not the Senate

            H.R. 872, Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011
    H.R. 872 was introduced on March 2, 2011 by Representative 
Bob Gibbs, and referred to the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. 
On March 9, 2011, the Committee on Agriculture ordered reported 
the bill, amended, by a voice vote. On March 16, 2011, the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure ordered reported 
the bill, amended, by a recorded vote of 46 yeas to 8 nays. The 
measure was reported to the House on March 29, 2011, by both 
committees of jurisdiction, H. Rept. part 1 and II. On March 
30, 2011, the bill was considered in the House under suspension 
of the rules with the vote postponed until the following day. 
The bill then passed the House, amended, by a recorded vote of 
292 yeas to 130 nays on March 31, 2011. On April 4, 2011, the 
measure was received in the Senate and referred to the 
Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
    The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011, H.R. 872, 
amends the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act 
and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to clarify 
Congressional intent regarding the regulation of application of 
pesticides or residue of pesticides in or near navigable 
waters.
            The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act
    The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act 
(``FIFRA'') is a regulatory statute that governs the sale and 
use of pesticides in the United States through the registration 
and labeling of such products. Its objective is to protect 
human health and the environment from unreasonable adverse 
effects of pesticides, taking into account the costs and 
benefits of various product uses. Pesticides regulated under 
FIFRA include insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, 
rodenticides, and other designated substances. The 
Environmental Protection Agency (``EPA'') reviews scientific 
data submitted by chemical manufacturers on toxicity and 
behavior in the environment to evaluate risks and exposure 
associated with a product's use.
    FIFRA prohibits the sale of any pesticide unless it is 
registered and labeled indicating approved uses and 
restrictions. It is a violation of Federal law to use such a 
chemical in a manner that is inconsistent with the label 
instructions. If a registration is granted, EPA makes a finding 
that the chemical ``when used in accordance with widespread and 
commonly recognized practice it will not generally cause 
unreasonable adverse effects on the environment.'' (7 
U.S.C.136a(c)(5)(D).) EPA then specifies the approved uses and 
conditions of use of the pesticide, and this is required to be 
explained on the product label.
            The Clean Water Act
    The objective of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act 
(commonly known as the ``Clean Water Act'' or the ``CWA'') is 
to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological 
integrity of the nation's waters. The primary mechanism for 
achieving this objective is the CWA's prohibition on the 
discharge of any pollutant without a National Pollutant 
Discharge Elimination System (``NPDES'') permit. EPA has the 
authority to regulate the discharge of pollutants either 
through general permits or through individual permits. NPDES 
permits specify limits on what pollutants may be discharged 
from point sources and in what amounts. Under the CWA, 47 
states and territories have been authorized to implement NPDES 
permits and enforce permits. EPA manages the Clean Water Act 
program in the remaining states and territories.
    NPDES permits are the basic regulatory tool of the CWA. EPA 
or an authorized state may issue compliance orders, or file 
civil suits against those who violate the terms of a permit. In 
addition, in the absence of Federal or state action, 
individuals may bring a citizen suit in United States district 
court against those who violate the terms of an NPDES permit, 
or against those who discharge without a valid permit.
            Litigation
    In over 30 years of administering the CWA, EPA had never 
required an NPDES permit for the application of a pesticide, 
when the pesticide is applied in a manner consistent with FIFRA 
and its regulations. While the CWA contains a provision 
granting citizen suits against those who violate permit 
conditions or those who discharge without an NPDES permit, 
FIFRA has no citizen suit provision. As a result, beginning in 
the late 1990s, a series of citizen lawsuits were filed by 
parties, contending that an NPDES permit is necessary when 
applying a FIFRA-regulated product over, into, or near 
waterbodies. These cases generated several Court of Appeals 
decisions that created confusion and concern among pesticide 
users regarding the applicability of the CWA with regard to 
pesticide use.
    As the litigation continued, concern and confusion grew 
among farmers, forest landowners, and public health officials, 
prompting EPA to issue interim, and later final, interpretive 
guidance in August 2003 and January 2005, and then to undertake 
a rulemaking to clarify and formalize the Agency's 
interpretation of the CWA as it applied to pesticide use. The 
EPA rule was finalized in November 2006 (71 Fed. Reg. 68483 
(Nov. 27, 2006)), and was the culmination of a three year 
participatory rulemaking process that began with the interim 
interpretive statement in 2003 and involved two rounds of 
public comment.
    The 2006 EPA rule codified EPA's long-standing 
interpretation that the application of chemical and biological 
pesticides for their intended purpose and in compliance with 
pesticide label restrictions is not a discharge of a 
``pollutant'' under the CWA, and therefore, that an NPDES 
permit is not required. The rule clearly defined specific 
circumstances in which the use of pesticides in accordance with 
all relevant requirements under FIFRA is not a CWA ``discharge 
of a pollutant,'' explaining in detail the rationale for the 
Agency's interpretation.
    When the rule was finalized, environmental groups, as well 
as farm and pesticide industry groups, filed petitions for 
review of the rule in several Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal. 
The petitions were consolidated in the Sixth Circuit. The Sixth 
Circuit ultimately vacated the rule on January 7, 2009 in 
National Cotton Council v. EPA (553 F.3d 927; hereinafter, 
National Cotton Council), concluding that the final rule was 
not a reasonable interpretation of the CWA's permitting 
requirements. The court rejected EPA's contention that, when 
pesticides are applied over, into, or near waterbodies to 
control pests, they are not considered pollutants as long as 
they comply with FIFRA, and held that NPDES permits are 
required for all pesticide applications that may leave a 
residue in water.
    EPA estimated that the ruling would affect approximately 
365,000 pesticide applicators that perform some 5.6 million 
pesticide applications annually. The court's decision, which 
would apply nationally, was to be effective seven days after 
the deadline for rehearing expires or seven days after a denial 
of any petition for rehearing. Parties had until April 9, 2009 
to seek rehearing.
    On April 9, 2009, the government chose not to seek 
rehearing in the National Cotton Council case. The government 
instead filed a motion to stay issuance of the court's mandate 
for two years to provide EPA time to develop an entirely new 
NPDES permitting process to cover pesticide use. As part of 
this, EPA needed to propose and issue a final NPDES general 
permit for pesticide applications, for states to develop 
permits, and for EPA to provide outreach and education to the 
regulated community. Industry groups filed a petition seeking 
en banc review, asking the full Sixth Circuit to reconsider the 
decision from the three-judge panel.
    On June 8, 2009, the Sixth Circuit granted EPA a two-year 
stay of the court's mandate, in response to their earlier 
request. The Sixth Circuit denied the industry groups' petition 
for rehearing in August 2009. The court-ordered deadline for 
EPA to promulgate a new permitting process for pesticides under 
the Clean Water Act is April 9, 2011. On March 3, 2011, EPA 
filed another request for an extension with the court. The new 
deadline or effective date is October 31, 2011.
    Two petitions were filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in 
December 2009 by representatives of the agriculture community 
and the pesticide industry, requesting that the U.S. Supreme 
Court review the National Cotton Council case. A number of 
parties, including numerous Members of Congress, filed amicus 
briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court, in support of or opposition 
to the petitions. On February 22, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court 
denied the petitioners' request without comment.
            EPA Development of a New Permitting Process to Cover 
                    Pesticide Use
    With a two-year stay of the Sixth Circuit's mandate in 
place, EPA moved ahead with developing a new NPDES permitting 
process to cover pesticide use by the court-ordered deadline of 
April 9, 2011. The permit covers four pesticide uses: (1) 
mosquito and other flying insect pest control; (2) aquatic weed 
and algae control; (3) aquatic nuisance animal control; and (4) 
forest canopy pest control. It does not cover terrestrial 
applications to control pests on agricultural crops or forest 
floors, and does not cover activities exempt from permitting 
under the CWA (irrigation return flow, agricultural stormwater 
runoff) and discharges that will require coverage under an 
individual permit, such as discharges of pesticides to 
waterbodies that are considered impaired under CWA 303(d) for 
that discharged pesticide.
            Implications
    The Committee has received testimony and other information 
on the implications of the Sixth Circuit's holding in the 
National Cotton Council case, and the new permitting process 
that EPA has to develop under the CWA as a result of that 
holding, on state and local agencies, mosquito control 
districts, water districts, pesticide applicators, agriculture, 
forest managers, and other stakeholders. On February 16, 2011, 
the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment of the 
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a 
joint hearing with the Nutrition and Horticulture Subcommittee 
of the House Committee on Agriculture to consider means for 
reducing the regulatory burdens posed by the case, National 
Cotton Council v. EPA (6th Cir. 2009), and to consider related 
draft legislation.
    Despite being limited to four categories of pesticide uses, 
EPA's new general permit for covered pesticides stands to be 
the single greatest expansion of the permitting process in the 
history of the NPDES program. EPA has estimated that it can 
expect approximately 5.6 million covered pesticide applications 
per year by approximately 365,000 applicators--virtually 
doubling the number of entities currently subject to NPDES 
permitting. (U.S. EPA, Fact Sheet for 2010 Public Notice of: 
Draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) 
Pesticides General Permit (PGP) for Discharges from the 
Application of Pesticides to or over, including near Waters of 
the U.S., at 14, available at http://www.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/
proposed_pgp_fs.pdf.)
    With this unprecedented expansion comes real and tangible 
burdens for EPA and the states that will have to issue the 
permits, those whose livelihoods depend on the use of 
pesticides, and even everyday citizens going about their daily 
lives.
    EPA has said that it will be able to conform its current 
process to meet the Sixth Circuit's mandate. Even so, much of 
the responsibility of developing and issuing general permits 
falls on the states. Forty-five states (and the Virgin Islands) 
will face increased financial and administrative burdens in 
order to comply with the new permitting process. In a time when 
too many states are being forced to make difficult budgetary 
cuts, the nation cannot afford to impose more financial 
burdens.
    The expanded permitting process also imposes enormous 
burdens on pesticide users who encompass a wide range of 
individuals from state agencies, city and county 
municipalities, mosquito control districts, water districts, 
pesticide applicators, farmers, ranchers, forest managers, 
scientists and others. The new and duplicative permitting 
process will increase both the administrative difficulty and 
costs for pesticide applicators to come into compliance with 
the law. Compliance will no longer mean simply following 
instructions on a pesticide label. Instead, applicators will 
have to navigate a complex process of identifying the relevant 
permit, filing with the regulatory authority a valid notice of 
intent to comply with the permit and having a familiarity with 
all of the permit's conditions and restrictions. Along with 
increased administrative burdens comes an increased monetary 
burden. Estimates are that the cost associated with the EPA 
permit scheme to small businesses could be as high as $50,000 
annually.
    In addition to the costs of coming into compliance, 
pesticide users will be subject to an increased risk of 
litigation and exorbitant fines. Applicators not in compliance 
face fines of up to $37,500 per day per violation, not 
including attorney's fees. Given the fact that a large number 
of applicators have never been subject to NPDES and its 
permitting process, even a good faith effort to be in 
compliance could fall short. Moreover, the CWA allows for 
private actions against individuals who may or may not have 
committed a violation. Thus, while EPA may exercise its 
judgment and refrain from prosecuting certain applicators, they 
remain vulnerable to citizen suits. Unless Congress acts, 
hundreds of thousands of farmers, foresters, and public health 
pesticide users will go into the next season under threat of 
lawsuits once the Sixth Circuit's April 9, 2011 deadline 
passes.
    It is not only pesticide regulators and applicators who 
will be affected by new permitting requirements. Rather, the 
Sixth Circuit's decision will affect everyday citizens, who 
rely on the benefits provided by pesticides and their 
responsible application. Pesticide use is an essential part of 
agriculture. Imposing a burdensome and duplicative permitting 
process on our nation's farmers threatens their ability to 
continue to provide the country with a safe and reliable food 
supply. Many family farmers and small applicators lack the 
resources to ensure compliance with a cumbersome and detailed 
permit scheme. Moreover, for those farmers who are able to 
comply, delays that are inherent in permitting schemes are ill-
suited for prompt pest control actions necessary in 
agriculture. Failure to apply a pesticide soon after a pest is 
first detected could result in recurring and greater pest 
damage in subsequent years if a prolific insect were to become 
established in plant hosts. The Secretary of Agriculture, Hon. 
Thomas J. Vilsack, has said that a permitting system under the 
CWA for pesticide use ``is ill-suited to the demands of 
agricultural production.'' (Letter, Hon. Thomas J. Vilsack, 
Secretary of Agriculture, to Hon. Lisa P. Jackson, 
Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Subject: 
The National Cotton Council of America, et al., v. United 
States Environmental Protection Agency (Mar. 6, 2009)).
    Forest landowners also will suffer under the new permit 
scheme. EPA's permit scheme will result in a reduction in the 
use of forest pest control as a forest management tool, 
resulting in the acceleration of tree mortality and general 
decline in overall forest health. It will also erect barriers 
for the control of pests, such as Gypsy Moth and Forest Tent 
Caterpillar. This may result in a higher incidence of 
preventable tree kills and defoliated landscapes.
    Finally, the Sixth Circuit's holding could have significant 
implications for public health. The National Centers for 
Disease Control officially recognizes the following as a 
partial list of mosquito-borne diseases--Eastern Equine 
Encephalitis, Japanese Encephalitis, La Crosse Encephalitis, 
St. Louis Encephalitis, West Nile Virus, Western Equine 
Encephalitis, Dengue Fever, Malaria, Rift Valley Fever, and 
Yellow Fever. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/list_mosquitoborne.htm.) 
EPA's permit program poses the possibility of critical delays 
in emergency responses to insect and disease outbreaks and will 
divert resources from controlling environmental pests to 
litigation and administrative burdens.
            Development of Legislation in Response to the Sixth Circuit 
                    Decision
    As a result of concerns raised by Federal, state, local, 
and private stakeholders regarding the interrelationship 
between FIFRA and the CWA and the concerns posed by the new and 
duplicative permitting process under the CWA, the House 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and House 
Committee on Agriculture sought technical assistance from EPA 
to draft very narrow legislation targeted only at addressing 
the Sixth Circuit's holding in National Cotton Council and 
return the state of pesticide regulation to the status quo--
before the courts got involved. H.R. 872 is based on the 
technical assistance that EPA provided to the Committees, and 
is intended to be consistent with EPA's final rule from 
November 2006. The bill amends FIFRA and the CWA to eliminate 
the requirement of an NPDES permit for applications of 
pesticides authorized for sale, distribution, or use under 
FIFRA. (Note: See also the discussion of H. Res. 72 under ``3. 
House Resolutions Considered in the House'' and the discussion 
under ``D. Oversight.'')
            H.R. 1343, To return unused or reclaimed funds made 
                    available for broadband awards in the American 
                    Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to the 
                    Treasury of the United States.
    H.R. 1343 was introduced by Representative Charles F. Bass 
on April 4, 2011 and referred to the Committee on Energy and 
Commerce and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. On 
April 5, 2011 the Committee on Energy and Commerce ordered 
reported the bill, as amended by a voice vote. On September 29, 
2011 the bill was reported by the Committee on Energy Commerce, 
H. Rept. 112-228, Part I. On that same date the Committee on 
Agriculture was discharged from further consideration, however 
there was an exchange of letters between the respective 
committees that was printed in the Congressional Record during 
consideration on the House floor. On October 5, 2011 the bill 
passed the House, amended, under suspension of the rules by a 
voice vote. On October 6, 2011 the bill was received in the 
Senate and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and 
Transportation.
    H.R. 1343 requires the Administrator of the Rural Utilities 
Service or the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for 
Communications and Information to terminate for cause any award 
(including grants and loans) made under the Broadband 
Initiatives Program or the Broadband Technology Opportunities 
Program established pursuant to the American Recovery and 
Reinvestment Act of 2009, if the Administrator or Assistant 
Secretary determines that cause exists (including insufficient 
level of performance, wasteful spending, or fraudulent 
spending) to terminate the award.
    The bill directs the Administrator or the Assistant 
Secretary to deobligate, upon terminating such an award, an 
amount equivalent to such award, less allowable costs, to the 
extent funds with respect to such award are available in the 
account relating to the respective programs (requires that any 
additional amount subsequently recovered be deobligated 
immediately upon receipt) and be returned to the Treasury's 
General Fund such deobligated amounts and any award returned or 
disclaimed by a recipient after enactment of this Act.
    The bill also requires the Administrator or the Assistant 
Secretary, upon receiving information from the Inspector 
General of the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Inspector 
General of the Department of Commerce, or the Comptroller 
General pertaining to material noncompliance with award terms 
or improper usage of award funds, to: (1) review such 
information immediately, (2) determine whether cause exists to 
terminate such award (unless the relevant official recommends 
that such a determination not be made), and (3) notify Congress 
of any such determination.
            H.R. 2682, Business Risk Mitigation and Price Stabilization 
                    Act of 2011
    H.R. 2682 was introduced by Representative Michael Grimm 
July 28, 2011 and refereed to the Committee on Financial 
services in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. On 
November 30, 2011 the Committee on Financial Services held a 
business meeting and ordered reported the bill, amended, by a 
voice vote. The Committee on Financial Services filed a report, 
H. Rept. 112-343, Part I, on December 23, 2011. The Committee 
on Agriculture held a business meeting January 25, 2012, and 
ordered reported the bill, amended, by a voice vote. On 
February 8, 2012 the Committee on Agriculture filed a report, 
H. Rept. 112-343, Part II. On March 26, 2012 the bill passed 
the House, as amended, under suspension of the rules by a 
recorded vote of 370 yeas to 24 nays. On March 27, 2012 the 
measure was received in the Senate. The bill was placed on the 
Legislative Calendar in the Senate on March 28, 2012 under 
General Orders, Calendar No. 342.
    H.R. 2682 amends the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) to 
exempt, from the rules of prudential regulators for swap 
dealers and major swap participants with respect to initial and 
variation margin requirements for swaps not cleared by a 
registered derivatives clearing organization, those swaps in 
which one of the counterparties is: (1) not a financial entity, 
and (2) is eligible for exception from clearing requirements 
for certain significant price discovery agreements, contracts, 
or transactions in a commodity exempt from regulation by the 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).
    The measure also amends the Securities Exchange Act of 
1934, with respect to registration and regulation of security-
based swap dealers and major security-based swap participants, 
to exempt from initial and variation margin requirements for 
swaps not cleared by a registered derivatives clearing 
organization any security-based swap in which one of the 
counterparties is: (1) not a financial entity, and (2) is 
eligible for exception from clearing requirements. (Note: See 
also the discussion under ``D. Oversight.'')
            H.R. 2779, To exempt inter-affiliate swaps from certain 
                    regulatory requirements put in place by the Dodd-
                    Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection 
                    Act.
    H.R. 2779 was introduced by Representative Steve Stivers 
August 1, 2011 and referred to the Committee on Financial 
Services, in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. The 
Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored 
Enterprises held a business meeting November 15, 2011 and 
forwarded the measure to the full committee by a recorded vote 
of 23 yeas to 6 nays. On November 30, 2011 the Committee on 
Financial Services held a business meeting and ordered reported 
H.R. 2779, amended, by a recorded vote of 53 yeas to 0 nays. 
The Committee on Financial Services filed a report, H. Rept. 
112-344, Part I, on December 23, 2011. The Committee on 
Agriculture held a business meeting January 25, 2012, and 
ordered reported H.R. 2779, amended, by a voice vote. On 
February 8, 2012, a report was filed by the Committee on 
Agriculture, H. Rept. 112-344, Part II. On March 26, 2012 the 
bill passed the House, as amended, under suspension of the 
rules by a recorded vote of 357 yeas to 36 nays. On March 27, 
2012 the measure was received in the Senate. The bill was 
placed on the Legislative Calendar in the Senate on March 28, 
2012 under General Orders, Calendar No. 343.
    This measure amends the Commodity Exchange Act and the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended by the Dodd-Frank 
Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, to exempt from 
certain regulatory requirements swaps and security-based swaps 
entered into by a party that is controlling, controlled by, or 
under common control with its counterparty.
    The proposal requires that such exempted agreements, 
contracts, or transactions be reported to an appropriate data 
repository, or, if there is no such repository that would 
accept them, to: (1) the Commodity Futures Trading Commission 
(CFTC) in the case of exempted swaps, or (2) the Securities and 
Exchange Commission (SEC) in the case of exempted security-
based swaps. (Note: See also the discussion under ``D. 
Oversight.'')
            H.R. 3336, Small Business Credit Availability Act
    H.R. 3336 was introduced by Representative Vicky Hartzler 
November, 3 2011 and referred to the House Committee on 
Agriculture. January 25, 2012, the committee held a business 
meeting and ordered reported H.R. 3336, amended, by a voice 
vote. On February 8, 2012, the bill was reported, amended, H. 
Rept. 112-390, and placed on the Union Calendar No. 269. On 
April 25, 2012 the bill passed the House, as amended, under 
suspension of the rules by a recorded vote of 312 yeas to 111 
nays. On April 26, 2012 the bill was received in the Senate and 
referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and 
Forestry.
    This measure amends the Commodity Exchange Act (as amended 
by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection 
Act) with respect to the exclusion of an insured depository 
institution from regulation as a ``swap dealer.'' The criterion 
for such exclusion as to the extent to which the institution 
offers to enter into a swap with a customer in connection with 
originating a loan with that customer are eliminated.
    A new criteria is added for such exclusion the extent to 
which the institution enters into a swap: (I) with a customer 
that is seeking to manage risk in connection with an extension 
of credit by the institution to, on behalf of, or for the 
benefit of, the customer; or (2) to offset the risks arising 
from a swap that meets such requirement.
    The proposal excludes from regulation as a swap dealer, 
under the same criteria, an institution chartered and operating 
under the Farm Credit Act of 1971.
    It revises the criteria for exemption of a swap from the 
requirement that it be submitted for clearing to a derivatives 
clearing organization either registered under this Act or 
exempt from registration. The bill also revises in particular 
the exemption from this requirement of a swap one of whose 
counterparties is not a financial institution. The definition 
of ``financial entity'' is modified with respect to a small 
bank, savings association, farm credit system institution, or 
credit union which the Commodity Futures Trading Commission 
(CFTC) may consider whether to exempt from such definition. 
CFTC's discretion to make such an exemption is repealed. 
Finally, the Small Business Credit Availability Act excludes 
outright from the meaning of financial entity any small bank, 
savings association, farm credit system institution, or credit 
union if: (1) its total assets are $30 billion or less, or (2) 
its aggregate uncollateralized outward exposure plus aggregate 
potential outward exposure with respect to its swaps does not 
exceed $1 billion. (Thus exempts such a small bank, savings 
association, farm credit system institution, or credit union 
from the clearing requirement.) (Note: See also the discussion 
under ``D. Oversight.'')
            H.R. 4089, Sportsmen's Heritage Act of 2012
    H.R. 4089 was introduced by Representative Jeff Miller on 
February 27, 2012 and referred to the Committee on Natural 
Resources and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture and 
Energy and Commerce. On April February 29, 2012 the Committee 
on Natural Resources ordered reported the bill, amended, by a 
recorded vote of 27 yeas to 16 nays. On April 13, 2012 the 
Committee on Natural Resources reported the bill, as amended, 
H. Rept. 112-426, Part 1. On that same date the Committee on 
Agriculture and the Committee on Energy and Commerce was 
discharged from further consideration. The bill passed the 
House, as amended, on April 17, 2012 by a recorded vote of 274 
yeas to 146 nays. On April 18, 2012 the measure was received in 
the Senate.
    H.R. 4089 would require Federal public land management 
officials to use their authority to facilitate access to 
Federal lands and waters for fishing, sport hunting, and 
recreational shooting. The requirement to provide access to 
Federal land could be limited for reasons of national security, 
public safety, or resource conservation. In addition, access 
could be limited because of any Federal statutes that 
specifically preclude these uses on Federal land or by any 
discretionary limitations on recreational fishing, hunting, and 
shooting determined to be ``necessary and reasonable.''
    The bill would also require that the head of each Federal 
land management agency exercise its land management discretion 
in a manner that supports and facilitates recreational fishing, 
hunting, and shooting opportunities, in accordance with 
applicable Federal law.
    The bill would provide that any Federal public land 
planning documents (including land management plans and 
resource management plans) include a specific evaluation of the 
effects that such plans would have on opportunities to engage 
in recreational fishing, hunting, or shooting. Under the bill, 
the fact that recreational fishing, hunting, or shooting occurs 
on adjacent or nearby public or private lands would not be 
considered in determining which Federal public lands would be 
open for these activities or for setting levels of use for 
these activities.
    Federal lands could be closed to hunting and fishing for 
numerous reasons including resource conservation, public 
safety, energy or mineral production, energy generation or 
transmission infrastructure, water supply facilities and 
national security. Proposals to close lands would require a 
scientific review and consideration through a ``transparent 
public process.'' If an agency moved to close a parcel larger 
than 640 acres, it would be required to publish notice of its 
intent to close the land to hunting activities, demonstrate 
coordination with relevant state entities and submit a report 
to Congress regarding the closure.
            H.R. 4480, Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012
    H.R. 4480 was introduced on April 14, 2012 by 
Representative Cory Gardner and referred to the Committee 
Energy and Commerce and in addition to the Committees on 
Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Armed Services. On June 8, 
2012, the Committee on Energy Commerce reported the bill, 
amended, H. Rept. 112-520 Part 1. On that same date the 
Committees on Agriculture, National Resources, and Armed 
Services were discharged from further consideration and placed 
the bill on the Union Calendar, No. 367. The measure was 
considered in the House on June 20, 2012 as unfinished 
business. On June 21, 2012 the bill passed the House, amended, 
by a recorded vote of 248 yeas to 163 nays.
    The bill would require the Secretary of Energy to develop a 
plan to increase the percentage of Federal lands under the 
jurisdictions of the Secretary of Agriculture, Secretary of 
Energy, Secretary of the Interior, and the Secretary of Defense 
leased for oil and gas exploration, development, and production 
following the first drawdown of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve 
(SPR).
    The bill also requires that the plan: (1) increase the 
total percentage of Federal lands leased for oil and gas 
exploration, development, and production commensurate with the 
percentage of petroleum in the SPR that was drawn down; (2) 
limit the total percentage of Federal lands leased as a result 
of the plan to 10 percent; (3) exclude lands managed under the 
National Park System or that are part of the National 
Wilderness Preservation System; (4) be consistent with a 
national energy policy to meet present and future energy needs 
of the U.S.; and (5) promote the interests of consumers through 
the provision of an adequate and reliable supply of domestic 
transportation fuels at the lowest reasonable cost.
    Other Bills: Several bills acted on by other committees, 
but not acted on by the Committee on Agriculture contain 
provisions relating to matters within the Committee's 
jurisdiction. The following are abbreviated summaries of these 
bills, including some of the relevant provisions.
            Legislative Matters
            H. Con. Res. 112, Establishing the budget for the United 
                    States Government for fiscal year 2013 and setting 
                    forth appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 
                    2014 through 2022.
    H. Con. Res. 112 was introduced and reported by the 
Representative Paul Ryan on March 23, 2012, H. Rept. 112-421. 
On March 29, 2012 the resolution passed the House by a recorded 
vote of 228 yeas to 191 nays. On April 16, 2012 the resolution 
was received in the Senate and placed on the Legislative 
Calendar under General Orders, Calendar No. 354. On May 16, 
2012 a motion to proceed to consideration failed in the Senate 
by a recorded vote of 41 yeas to 58 nays.
    H. Con. Res. 112 sets forth the congressional budget for 
the Federal government for FY 2013, including the appropriate 
budgetary levels for FY 2014-FY 2022.
    The resolution gives reconciliation instructions to six 
House Committees including the Committee on Agriculture; Energy 
and Commerce, Financial Services, the Judiciary, Oversight and 
Government Reform; and Ways and Means.
    The measure requires the House Budget Committee to report a 
bill that amends the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit 
Control Act of 1985 to replace the sequester for enforcement of 
the $1.2 trillion budget goal established by the Budget Control 
Act of 2011 and include language making it application 
contingent upon the enactment of the required reconciliation 
bill. (Note: See also the discussion of H.R. 5652 under ``2. 
Bills Acted on by the House But Not the Senate.'')
            H.R. 910, to amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the 
                    Administrator of the Environmental Protection 
                    Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning, 
                    taking action relating to, or taking into 
                    consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to 
                    address climate change, and for other purposes.
    H.R. 910 was introduced by Representative Fred Upton on 
March 3, 2011 and referred to the Committee on Energy and 
Commerce. On April 1, 2011 the bill was reported to the House, 
amended, H. Rept. 112-50. The bill passed the House, amended, 
by a recorded vote on April 7, 2011 and was then referred to 
the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on April 
8, 2011.
    The Act prohibits the Administrator of the Environmental 
Protection Agency (EPA) from promulgating any regulation 
concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into 
consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas (GHG) to address 
climate change under the Clean Air Act. The bill would also 
repeal a number of EPA rules and actions and allow the term 
``air pollutant'' to include a GHG for the purpose of 
addressing other concerns.
    The Act also exempts from such prohibition: (1) 
implementation and enforcement of the rule, ``Light-Duty 
Vehicle Greenhouse Emission Standards and Corporate Average 
Fuel Economy Standards'' and finalization implementation, 
enforcement, and revision of the proposed rule, ``Greenhouse 
Gas Emissions Standards and Fuel Efficiency Standards for 
Medium and Heavy Duty Engines and Vehicles''; (2) 
implementation of the renewable fuel program, statutorily 
authorized Federal research, development, and demonstration 
programs and voluntary programs addressing climate change; (3) 
implementation and enforcement of stratospheric ozone 
protection to the extent that such implementation or 
enforcement only involves class I or II substances; and (4) 
implementation and enforcement of requirements for monitoring 
and reporting of carbon dioxide emission.
    The measure prohibits the Administrator from waiving, and 
invalidates waivers given by the Administrator, the ban on 
states from adopting or enforcing standards relating to the 
control of emissions from new motor vehicles or engines with 
respect to GHG emissions for model year 2017 or any subsequent 
model year.
    The bill expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) there is 
established scientific concern over warming of the climate 
system based upon evidence from observations of increases in 
global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting 
of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level; (2) 
addressing climate change is an international issue, involving 
complex scientific and economic consideration; (3) the United 
States has a role to play in resolving global climate change 
matters on an international basis; and (4) Congress should 
fulfill that role by developing policies that do not adversely 
affect the American economy, energy supplies, and employment. 
(Note: See also the discussion of H. Res. 72 under ``3. House 
Resolutions Considered in the House.'')
            H.R. 1633, Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011
    H.R. 1633 was introduced by Representative Kristi L. Noem 
on April 15, 2011 and referred to the House Committee on Energy 
and Commerce. The bill was reported (amended) to the House, H. 
Rept. 112-316. December 6, 2011 and agreed to in the House by a 
recorded vote of 268 yeas to 150 nays December 8. The bill was 
then received and placed on the legislative calendar in the 
Senate December 12, 2011.
    The Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011 prohibits 
the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 
from proposing, finalizing, implementing, or enforcing any 
regulation revising the national primary ambient air quality 
standard or the national secondary ambient air quality standard 
applicable to particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter 
greater than 2.5 micrometers under the Clean Air Act (CAA) for 
one year.
    The bill exempts nuisance dust from the CAA and excludes 
nuisance dust from references in such Act to particulate 
matter, except with respect to geographic areas where such dust 
is not regulated under state, tribal, or local law if the 
Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of 
Agriculture, finds that: (1) nuisance dust (or any subcategory 
of nuisance dust) causes substantial adverse public health and 
welfare effects at ambient concentrations; and (2) the benefits 
of applying CAA standards and other requirements to such dust 
outweigh the costs.
    ``Nuisance dust'' is defined as particulate matter that: 
(1) is generated primarily from natural sources, unpaved roads, 
agricultural activities, earth moving, or other activities 
typically conducted in rural areas; (2) consists primarily of 
soil, other natural or biological materials, windblown dust, or 
some combination thereof; (3) is not emitted directly into the 
ambient air from combustion, such as exhaust from combustion 
engines and emissions from stationary combustion processes; (4) 
is not comprised of residuals from the combustion of coal; and 
(5) does not include radioactive particulate matter produced 
from uranium mining or processing.
    The measure expresses the sense of Congress that the 
Administrator should implement an approach to excluding 
exceptional events, or events that are not reasonably 
controllable or preventable, from determinations of whether an 
area is in compliance with any national ambient air quality 
standard (NAAQS) applicable to coarse particulate matter that 
maximizes transparency and predictability for states, tribes, 
and local governments and minimizes their regulatory and cost 
burdens.
    Under the proposed legislation, the Administrator, before 
taking a covered action, to analyze its impact, disaggregated 
by state, on employment levels in the agriculture industry and 
on agricultural economic activity, utilizing the best available 
economic models. Defines a ``covered action'' as an action by 
the Administrator under the Clean Air Act, relating to 
agriculture and the primary and secondary NAAQS for particulate 
matter to: (1) issue a regulation, policy statement, guidance, 
response to a petition, or other requirement; or (2) implement 
a new or substantially altered program. Requires the 
Administrator to: (1) post such analysis on the main page of 
EPA's website; (2) request the Secretary of Agriculture to post 
it on the main page of the Department of Agriculture's website; 
and (3) request the governor of any state experiencing more 
than a de minimis negative impact to post such analysis in the 
state's capitol.
    Finally, the bill requires the Administrator to: (1) hold a 
public hearing in each state in which a covered action will 
have more than a de minimis negative impact on agricultural 
employment levels or agricultural economic activity, at least 
30 days prior to the effective date of the action; and (2) give 
notice of such impact to the state's congressional delegation, 
governor, and legislature at least 45 days before the effective 
date of the action. Defines ``de minimis negative impact'' as: 
(1) a loss of more than 100 jobs related to the agriculture 
industry, or (2) a decrease in agricultural economic activity 
of more than $1 million over any calendar year. (Note: See also 
the discussion of H. Res. 72 under ``3. House Resolutions 
Considered in the House.'')
            H.R. 5652, Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012
    H.R. 5652 was introduced and reported as an original 
measure by Representatives Paul Ryan on May 9, 2012, H. Rept. 
112-470. On May 10, 2012 the bill passed the House by a 
recorded vote 218 yeas to 199 nays, and 11 present. On May 14, 
2012 the bill was received in the Senate, read for a first time 
and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar. On May 15, 2012 
the bill was read for a second time and placed on the Senate 
Legislative Calendar under General Orders, Calendar No. 398.
    Title I of H.R. 5652 amends the American Recovery and 
Reinvestment Act of 2009 to terminate the increase in the value 
of supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP, formerly 
the food stamp program) benefits for Puerto Rico and American 
Samoa on June 30, 2012.
    The bill amends the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to limit 
categorical SNAP eligibility to households receiving specified 
other program benefits in cash.
    The bill also eliminates the requirement that a state 
agency using a standard utility allowance provide such 
allowance to a household that receives assistance under the Low 
Income Home Energy Assistance Act of 1981 or other energy 
assistance program if such household incurs out-of-pocket 
heating or cooling expenses exceeding such assistance.
    The measure eliminates: (1) administrative cost sharing to 
states for certain employment and training programs, (2) state 
bonus programs for effective SNAP administration, and (3) 
indexing for the nutrition education and obesity prevention 
grant program. The bill also reduces FY 2013 funding for 
employment and training programs. (Note: See also the 
discussion of H. Con. Res. 112 under ``2. Bills Acted on by the 
House But Not the Senate.'')
    Finally, the bill authorizes FY 2013 appropriations to 
carry out the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008.
            Appropriations
            H.R. 1, Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
    H.R. 1 was introduced on February 11, 2011 by 
Representative Harold Rogers and referred to the Committee on 
Appropriations and in addition to the Committee on the Budget. 
On February 19, 2011 the bill passed the House by a recorded 
vote of 235 yeas to 189 nays. On February 28, 2011, the bill 
was received in the Senate and placed on the Legislative 
Calendar. On March 9, 2011 the bill not having achieved 60 
votes in the affirmative, failed passage by a vote of 44 yeas 
to 56 nays.
    The Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 makes FY 
2011 appropriations for the Department of Defense, with some 
specified items at levels reduced from FY 2010 levels. The bill 
makes FY 2011 appropriations for other Federal departments and 
agencies, with many specified programs at levels reduced from 
FY 2010 levels and funding for certain programs eliminated 
entirely.
    Specifically division B of the Act appropriates FY 2011 
amounts at the FY 2010 level for such continuing operations, 
projects, or activities as were conducted in FY 2010 and for 
which appropriations, funds, or other authority were made 
available in: (1) the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and 
Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 
2010 (P.L. 111-80); (2) the Energy and Water Development and 
Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (P.L. 111-85); (3) 
the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010 
(P.L. 111-83); (4) the Department of the Interior, Environment, 
and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010 (division A of 
P.L. 111-88); (5) the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, 
2010 (division A of P.L. 111-68); (6) the Consolidated 
Appropriations Act, 2010 (P.L. 111-117); (7) chapter 1 of title 
I of the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010 (P.L. 111-212), 
addressing guaranteed loans in the rural housing insurance 
fund; and (8) the United States Patent and Trademark Office 
Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010 (P.L. 111-224) for the 
United States Patent and Trademark Office. (Note: See also the 
discussion of P.L. 112-10 under ``1. Bills Enacted into Law.'')

3. House Resolutions Considered in the House

            H. Res. 72, Directing certain standing committees to 
                    inventory and review existing, pending, and 
                    proposed regulations and orders from agencies of 
                    the Federal Government, particularly with respect 
                    to their effect on jobs and economic growth.
    H. Res. 72 was introduced on February 8, 2011 by 
Representative Pete Sessions and referred to the Committee on 
Rules. On February 8, 2011 the Committee on Rules reported an 
original measure, H. Rept. 112-6. On February 11, 2011, the 
resolution passed the House by a recorded vote of 391 yeas to 
28 nays.
    H. Res. 72 requires Committees, including the Committee on 
Agriculture to inventory and review existing, pending, and 
proposed regulations, orders, and other administrative actions 
or procedures by Federal agencies within its jurisdiction. The 
resolution also requires each committee, upon completion of its 
inventory and review to: (1) consider specified matters; (2) 
conduct any hearings and other oversight activities necessary 
in support of the inventory and review, and (3) identify in a 
report on the first session of the 112th Congress any oversight 
or legislative activity conducted in support of, or as a result 
of, such inventory and review. (Note: See the discussion of 
H.R. 872 under ``2 Bills Acted on by the House But Not the 
Senate'', H.R. 1573 under ``4. Bills Ordered Reported, and D. 
Oversight.'')

4. Bills Reported

            H.R. 1505, National Security and Federal Lands Protection 
                    Act
    H.R. 1505 was introduced April 13, 2011, by Representative 
Rob Bishop and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, 
in addition to the Committees on Agriculture and Homeland 
Security. On October 5, 2011, the Committee on Natural 
Resources held a business meeting and ordered reported, H.R. 
1505, amended, by a recorded vote of 26 yeas to 17 nays. The 
Committee on Natural Resources filed a report (H. Rept. 112-
448, Part I) on April 17, 2012. On the same day, the bill was 
discharged from the Committees on Agriculture and Homeland 
Security and placed on the Union Calendar, No. 312.
    As reported, this measure prohibits the Secretary of the 
Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) from 
prohibiting or restricting activities on land under their 
respective jurisdictions by U.S. Customs and Border Protection 
to achieve operational control over the international land 
borders of the United States.
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection access to such lands is 
granted in order to conduct the following activities: (1) 
construction and maintenance of roads and fences; (2) use of 
patrol vehicles and aircraft; (3) installation, maintenance, 
and operation of surveillance equipment and sensors; and (4) 
deployment of temporary tactical infrastructure, including 
forward operating bases.
    The bill states that a waiver by the Secretary of Homeland 
Security (DHS) of specified laws regarding sections of the 
international border between the United States and Mexico and 
between the United States and Canada shall apply to all land 
under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the Interior or the 
Secretary of Agriculture within 100 miles of the international 
land borders of the United States with respect to U.S. Customs 
and Border Protection activities under this Act.
    It also states that this Act shall not be construed to 
restrict legal use (grazing, hunting, or mining) on, or legal 
access to, land under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of the 
Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture.
    Finally, the bill language terminates this Act five years 
after enactment
            H.R. 1573, To facilitate implementation of title VII of the 
                    Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer 
                    Protection Act, promote regulatory coordination, 
                    and avoid market disruption.
    H.R. 1573 was introduced on April 15, 2011 by Chairman 
Lucas and referred to the Committee on Financial Services and 
in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. On May 4, 2011, 
the Committee on Agriculture held a business meeting and 
ordered reported, H.R. 1573, amended, by a voice vote. On May 
24, 2011, the Committee on Financial Services held a business 
meeting and ordered reported, H.R. 1573, amended, by a recorded 
vote of 30 yeas to 24 nays. On June 11, 2011 both the Committee 
on Financial Services and the Committee on Agriculture filed a 
report, H. Rept. 112-109 pt. 1 and 2.
    The bill as ordered reported extends the statutory deadline 
for the implementation of most provisions of Title VII of the 
Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (P.L. 111-203) 
by 18 months. The bill does not extend the deadline for the 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities 
and Exchange Commission (SEC) to issue final rules further 
defining key terms in Section 712(d)(1) of swap, security based 
swap, swap dealer, security-based swap dealer, major swap 
participant, major security-based swap participant and eligible 
contract participant. The bill also does not extend the 
deadline for the reporting requirements in Sections 2(h)(5) and 
4r of the Commodity Exchange Act and Sections 3C(e) and 13A(a) 
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. To facilitate the 
reporting of swaps data, the bill gives the CFTC and the SEC 
interim authority to designate swap data repositories that meet 
certain criteria. In addition, the bill requires the CFTC and 
SEC, prior to prescribing any final rules required under Title 
VII, to hold additional roundtables and public hearings to 
receive public testimony and factor it into the rule proposals. 
Lastly, H.R. 1573 gives the CFTC and SEC authority to exempt 
certain persons from registration or related regulatory 
requirements if they are subject to comparable regulation by a 
U.S. or foreign regulatory authority.
    Beginning in February, the Committee held 4 hearings, two 
Full Committee and two General Farm Commodities and Risk 
Management Subcommittee hearings to examine the implementation 
of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Act. The Committee took 
testimony from witnesses that represented a broad spectrum of 
participants in the derivatives markets. The Committee heard 
from a wide array of end-users, including agricultural 
cooperatives, manufacturers, commercial energy firms and 
electric utilities. The Committee also heard from large 
financial market participants, such as a global exchanges and 
clearinghouses, electronic trading platforms, swap dealers, 
hedge funds and mutual funds. Witnesses also included 
representatives from pension funds, community banks and farm 
credit banks. Across the spectrum of expertise, an overwhelming 
majority of witnesses expressed concerns that the compressed 
statutory deadlines and sheer volume of regulations were having 
a negative impact on the implementation process, particularly 
at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). In short, a 
common concern was that the statutory deadlines forced the 
regulatory agencies to prioritize speed over deliberation, 
making it difficult for stakeholders to comment, and 
undermining the economic analysis associated with each proposed 
rule. Witnesses also expressed concerns that many of the CFTC's 
rule proposals exceed or conflict with congressional intent, 
are inconsistent with proposals from other regulatory agencies, 
and may be detrimental for U.S. businesses, for our markets, 
and for our economy. The Committee also heard testimony from 
multiple witnesses about the role of speculation in the 
commodities markets, including the impact on the price of food 
and fuel. When he testified before the Committee, Chairman 
Gensler cited the need for transparency and confidence in 
commodity trading that Dodd-Frank will provide for users of 
energy and food and that is ``critical for our economy.'' The 
Committee also heard testimony from multiple witnesses about 
the role of speculation in the commodities markets, including 
the impact on the price of food and fuel. When he testified 
before the Committee, Chairman Gensler cited the need for 
transparency and confidence in commodity trading that Dodd-
Frank will provide for users of energy and food and that is 
``critical for our economy.''
    In addition, there are efforts around the world to 
implement financial regulatory reform in the wake of the global 
financial crisis. In September of 2009, the leaders of the G20 
Nations agreed to implement certain OTC derivatives reforms by 
the end of December of 2012. Many of the witnesses, along with 
a broad cross section of industry and academics, have cited 
concerns about the U.S. moving on a much faster timetable than 
the European Union (EU) or Asian regulators, creating the 
potential for regulatory arbitrage and negative consequences to 
the competitiveness of U.S. businesses. The extreme pace of 
rulemaking diminishes the opportunity for regulators to 
coordinate and harmonize international regulatory regimes, 
creates opportunities for regulatory arbitrage, and gives 
foreign countries a ``learn from our mistakes'' advantage. 
While it would not be possible or wise to tie the timing of our 
regulatory reforms to unpredictable deadlines of the EU and 
other jurisdictions, slowing the process down would enhance the 
opportunity for coordination and greater consistency among 
regulatory regimes.
    Last, the CFTC Inspector General (IG) recently issued an 
investigative report of the CFTC's cost-benefit analysis 
performed in connection with Dodd-Frank rulemakings. In 
general, the report found that the CFTC takes a minimalist 
approach to considering the costs and benefits of proposed 
regulations and focuses more on meeting the legal obligation 
under the Commodity Exchange Act than performing a legitimate 
economic analysis. Put simply, the CFTC IG concluded the report 
by saying ``We are mindful of the adage, `just because 
something is legal, doesn't make it right.' And we 
wholeheartedly agree that, `[in] the end, economic analysis is 
more than about satisfying procedural requirements for 
regulatory rulemaking.''' In addition, the report found that 
the irrational sequence of rule proposals that many witnesses 
cited as an impediment to their ability to provide meaningful 
comment was created by the compressed timeframes. Specifically 
the report stated ``Staff and management were aware that market 
participants might refrain from comment on conduct regulations 
in the mistaken belief that they would not fall within the 
definitions. However, at this stage in the process, staff 
indicated the overriding concern was meeting the rule-making 
deadline under Dodd-Frank.''
    H.R. 1573 gives the regulatory agencies an additional 18 
months to promulgate most rules required by Title VII. A common 
concern, particularly among end-users, was that the sequence of 
rule proposals made it difficult for them to comment 
meaningfully. For example, one of the last rules proposed by 
the CFTC in the initial proposing phase was the definition of 
``swap.'' Stakeholders were asked to comment on each rule 
prescribing a regulatory regime without clarification regarding 
the scope of products impacted. For certain industries, such as 
the electric power industry, the definition of swap was a 
significant factor in understanding which regulations they may 
be subject to. In addition, rules were proposed to govern Major 
Swap Participants and Swap Dealers before a rule had been 
proposed to define Major Swap Participant and Swap Dealer. To 
provide for a more rational sequence of rule proposals, H.R. 
1573 does not extend the deadline for the definitions required 
under Section 712(d)(1). This will provide clarity to market 
participants about their regulatory status, and to facilitate 
productive comment on the succeeding rules prescribing the 
relevant regulatory requirements.
    H.R. 1573 also does not extend the deadline for the 
regulatory reporting requirements applicable to swaps in 
Sections 723 and 729 and the similar provisions applicable to 
security-based swaps. This provision will ensure transparency 
and reporting of all swap transactions are not delayed, both to 
give the regulatory agencies access to market data to monitor 
for systemic risk, and to further instruct the rulemaking 
process by providing swap market data that the agencies 
currently do not have. To facilitate the reporting of swaps 
data and encourage further development of swap data 
repositories, H.R. 1573 gives the regulatory agencies interim 
authority to designate swap data repositories during the period 
in which the regulations governing swap data repositories are 
being finalized.
    The bill also requires the CFTC and the Securities and 
Exchange Commission (SEC) to hold additional public roundtables 
and hearings to take testimony from affected market 
participants prior to the finalization of any rules. Providing 
stakeholders additional time to offer input will help to 
mitigate unintended consequences of poorly vetted proposals, 
and permit comment once all rules have been proposed and can be 
considered in light of their interdependence and cumulative 
impact on the markets. During consideration of H.R. 1573, 
Representative Joe Courtney offered an amendment to exempt the 
establishment of position limits from the bill in order to 
reduce speculation on food and energy commodities. While the 
amendment was ultimately defeated by one vote, the amendment 
received bipartisan support and highlighted the need for strong 
oversight by the CFTC over the influence of speculation on 
commodity markets. During consideration of H.R. 1573, 
Representative Courtney offered an amendment to exempt the 
establishment of position limits from the bill in order to 
reduce speculation on food and energy commodities. While the 
amendment was ultimately defeated by one vote, the amendment 
received bipartisan support and highlighted the need for strong 
oversight by the CFTC over the influence of speculation on 
commodity markets. (Note: See also the discussion of H. Res. 72 
under ``3. House Resolutions Considered in the House'' and the 
discussion of ``D. Oversight.'')
            H.R. 1838, Swaps Bailout Prevention Act
    H.R. 1838 was introduced May 11, 2011, by Representative 
Nan Hayworth and referred to the Committee on Financial 
Services in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. On 
November 15, 2011, the Subcommittee on Capital Markets and 
Government Sponsored Enterprises of the Committee on Financial 
Services held a mark up and forwarded the measure to the Full 
Committee as amended by a recorded vote of 21 yeas to 12 nays. 
The full Committee on Financial Services held a business 
meeting February 16, 2012, and ordered reported, H.R. 1838, 
amended, by voice vote and filed a report, H. Rept. 112-476, 
Part I on May 11, 2012.
     This measure amends the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and 
Consumer Protection Act to repeal the prohibition against 
Federal government assistance to (bailouts of) registered swap 
dealers, security-based swap dealers, major swap participants, 
or major security-based swap participants with respect to any 
swap, security-based swap, or other activity. (Note: See also 
the discussion under ``D. Oversight.'')
            H.R. 1840, To improve consideration by the Commodity 
                    Futures Trading Commission of the costs and 
                    benefits of its regulations and orders.
    H.R. 1840 was introduced by Representative K. Michael 
Conaway on May 5, 2011, and referred to the House Committee on 
Agriculture. The committee held a business meeting on January 
25, 2102 and ordered reported H.R. 1840, amended, by a voice 
vote. A report, H. Rept. 112-482, was filed by the committee on 
May 16, 2012, and the bill was placed on the Union Calendar, 
No. 337.
    The measure amends the Commodity Exchange Act to revise the 
requirement that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission 
(CFTC), before promulgating a regulation or issuing an order, 
consider the costs and benefits of the action. It also requires 
the CFTC, through the Office of the Chief Economist, to: (1) 
assess the costs and benefits, both qualitative and 
quantitative, of an intended regulation; and (2) propose or 
adopt a regulation only on a reasoned determination that the 
benefits justify the costs.
    Finally, the bill lists additional mandatory considerations 
for the CFTC to evaluate in making a reasoned determination of 
the costs and the benefits, including the impact on market 
liquidity in the futures and swaps markets, as well as 
alternatives to direct regulation. (Note: See also the 
discussion under ``D. Oversight.'')
            H.R. 2172, Utilizing America's Federal Lands for Wind 
                    Energy Act
    H.R. 2172 was introduced by Representative Kristi L. Noem 
June 14, 2011 and referred to the Committee on Natural 
Resources in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. On 
December 1 the measure was discharged by the Committee on 
Agriculture and reported (amended) by the Committee on Natural 
Resources, H. Rept. 112-300, Part I. It was placed on the Union 
Calendar (Calendar No. 200) the same day.
    This bill exempts projects determined by the Bureau of Land 
Management (BLM) or the Forest Service to be meteorological 
site testing and monitoring projects from environmental impact 
statement requirements under the National Environmental Policy 
Act of 1969 (NEPA).
    ``Meteorological site testing and monitoring project'' is 
defined as a project that is carried out on land administered 
by BLM or the Forest Service to test or monitor weather using 
towers or other devices, that is decommissioned within five 
years of its commencement, that provides meteorological 
information to such agencies, that causes less than one acre of 
soil or vegetation disruption at the location of each 
meteorological tower or other device and no more than five 
acres of soil or disruption within the proposed right-of-way 
for the project, and that is installed: (1) using existing 
access roads; (2) in a manner that does not require off-road 
motorized access other than one installation activity and one 
decommissioning activity along an identified off-road route 
approved by the BLM Director or the Chief of the Forest 
Service; (3) without construction of new roads other than 
upgrading of existing minor drainage crossings for safety 
purposes; and (4) without the use of digging or drilling 
equipment vehicles other than rubber-tired vehicles with gross 
weight ratings under 8,500 pounds.
    The measure requires the BLM Director or Chief of the 
Forest Service to: (1) decide whether to issue a permit for 
such a project within 30 days after receiving an application 
for such permit, and (2) provide to the applicant reasons why 
an application was denied and an opportunity to remedy any 
deficiencies.
            H.R. 2586, Swap Execution Facility Clarification Act
    H.R. 2586 was introduced by Representative Scott Garret 
July 19, 2011 and referred to the Committee on Financial 
Services as in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. The 
Subcommittee on Capital Markets and Government Sponsored 
Enterprises held a business meeting November 15, 2011 and 
forwarded the measure to the full committee by voice vote. On 
November 30, 2011 the Committee on Financial Services held a 
business meeting and ordered reported H.R. 2586, amended, by a 
voice vote. The Committee on Financial Services filed a report, 
H. Rept. 112-345, Part I on December 23, 2011. The Committee on 
Agriculture held a business meeting January 25, 2012, and 
ordered reported H.R. 2586, amended, by a voice vote. February 
8, 2012, the Committee on Agriculture filed a report, 112-345, 
Part II and the measure was placed on the Union Calendar, No. 
266.
    This measure amends the Commodity Exchange Act and the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to prohibit both the Commodity 
Futures Exchange Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and 
Exchange Commission (SEC), in interpreting or defining a 
``security-based swap execution facility,'' from requiring one 
to: (1) have a minimum number of participants receive a bid or 
offer or respond to any trading system or platform 
functionality, (2) display or delay bids or offers for any 
period of time, (3) limit the means of interstate commerce used 
by market participants to enter into and execute swap 
transactions on the trading system or platform; or (4) require 
bids or offers on one trading system or platform operated by 
the swap execution facility to interact with bids or offers on 
another trading system or platform operated by the swap 
execution facility. (Note: See also the discussion under ``D. 
Oversight.'')
            H.R. 3283, Swap Jurisdiction Certainty Act
    H.R. 3283 was introduced October 31, 2011, by 
Representative James Himes and referred to the Committee on 
Financial Services in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. 
The Committee on Financial Services held a business meeting and 
ordered reported H.R. 3283, amended by a recorded vote of 41 
yeas to 18 nays. The report, H. Rept. 112-477, Part I was filed 
by the Committee on Financial Services May 11, 2012,
    This measure amends the Commodity Exchange Act and the 
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 regarding extra-territorial 
swap transactions to exempt swaps, including security-based 
swaps, from regulation under the Wall Street Transparency and 
Accountability Act of 2010 (WSTAA) (title VII of the Dodd-Frank 
Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act) as long as the 
swap dealer: (1) is either a U.S. person or a person whose 
parent company is a U.S. person; and (2) reports such swap or 
security-based swap to a swap data repository registered with 
the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) or a security-
based swap data repository registered with the Securities and 
Exchange Commission (SEC), as appropriate.
    The language also subjects to WSTAA requirements, any non-
U.S. person that is a registered swaps or security-based swaps 
dealer and that has entered into swaps or security-based swaps 
with a U.S. person who is not a U.S. subsidiary, branch, or 
affiliate of that non-U.S. person.
    Finally, the proposal requires the CFTC and the SEC to 
permit non-U.S. persons that are registered swaps or security-
based swaps dealers to comply with WSTAA capital requirements 
by complying with comparable requirements established by the 
appropriate governmental authorities in their respective home 
countries, so long as those home countries are signatories to 
the Basel Accords. (Note: See also the discussion under ``D. 
Oversight.'')
            H.R. 3527, Protecting Main Street End-Users From Excessive 
                    Regulation
    H.R. 3527 was introduced by Representative Randy Hultgren 
November 30, 2011 and was referred to the House Committee on 
Agriculture. The committee held a business meeting on January 
25, 2012 and ordered reported H.R. 3527, amended, by a voice 
vote. February 8, 2011, the Committee on Agriculture filed a 
report, H. Rept. 112-391 and the measure was placed on the 
Union Calendar, No. 270.
    Section 2 of the bill amends the Commodity Exchange Act to 
revise the current exception to the definition of ``swap 
dealer'' to state that, in determining whether a person is a 
``swap dealer,'' no consideration shall be given to any 
transaction entered into for the person's own account for the 
purpose of hedging or mitigating commercial risk.
    The proposal also directs the Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission (CFTC) to adopt standards distinguishing: (1) the 
activities of a swap dealer specified in current law, and (2) 
entering into swaps for a person's own account in order to 
achieve its own trading objectives as determined by the CFTC.
    The CFTC is required to exempt from designation as a swap 
dealer, an entity that enters into swap dealing transactions 
with or on behalf of its customers if the aggregate gross 
notional amount of the outstanding swap dealing transactions 
entered into over the course of the preceding calendar year 
does not exceed $3 billion (or a greater amount, as market 
conditions warrant), adjusted for inflation. (Note: See also 
the discussion under ``D. Oversight.'')
    Section 3 of the proposal states that this Act shall be 
implemented: (1) without regard to Federal law regarding 
coordination of Federal information policy or rulemaking 
requirements concerning notice and comment, and (2) through 
promulgation of an interim final rule.
            H.R. 3685, To amend the Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library 
                    Group Forest Recovery Act to extend and expand the 
                    scope of the pilot forest management project 
                    required by that Act.
    H.R. 3685 was introduced by Representative Wally Herger on 
December 15, 2011 and referred to the Committee on Natural 
Resources and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. On 
June 7, 2012, the Committee on Natural Resources held a 
business meeting and ordered reported the bill, as amended, by 
a recorded vote of 21 yeas to 16 nays. The Committee on Natural 
Resources reported the bill, amended, H. Rept. 112-524, Part 1 
on June 15, 2012. On that same date the Committee on 
Agriculture was discharged from further consideration and the 
bill was placed on the Union Calendar, No. 372.
    The bill amends the Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group 
Forest Recovery Act to extend the term of the pilot forest 
management project for the Plumas, Lassen, and Tahoe National 
Forests in California.
    The measure directs the Regional Forester for Region 5 to 
initiate the process of amending or revising such plans for the 
pilot project area (the federal lands within the Plumas and 
Lassen National Forests and the Sierraville Ranger District of 
Tahoe National Forest designated as available for group 
selection). Requires such process to include the preparation of 
at least one alternative that incorporates the pilot project 
and area designations, the resource management activities, and 
other aspects of the Quincy Library Group Community Stability 
Proposal.
    The proposal also authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture 
to expand the pilot project area to include all of the National 
Forest System lands in California or Nevada that lie within the 
Sierra Nevada and Cascade Province, Lake Tahoe Basin Management 
Unit, and Humboldt-Toiyabe and Inyo National Forests.
            H.R. 4234, Grazing Improvement Act of 2012
    H.R. 4234 was introduced by Representative Raul Labrador on 
March 21, 2012 and referred to the Committee on Natural 
Resources and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture. On 
June 7, 2012, the Committee on Natural Resources held a 
business meeting and ordered reported the bill, as amended, by 
a recorded vote of 21 yeas to 15 nays. The Committee on Natural 
Resources reported the bill, amended, H. Rept. 112-533, Part 1 
on June 15, 2012. On that same date the Committee on 
Agriculture was discharged from further consideration and the 
bill was placed on the Union Calendar, No. 381.
    H.R. 4234 amends the Federal Land Policy and Management Act 
of 1976 to double from 10 to 20 years the period of a term for 
grazing permits and leases for domestic livestock grazing on 
public lands or lands within national forests in 16 contiguous 
western states. Permits the issuance of permits and leases for 
a period shorter than 20 years (under current law, shorter than 
10 years).
    The bill directs that grazing permits or leases issued by 
the Secretary of the Interior respecting lands under the 
jurisdiction of the Department of the Interior and grazing 
permits issued by the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) 
respecting National Forest System lands that expire, are 
transferred, or are waived after this Act's enactment be 
renewed or reissued, as appropriate, under the Act, Granger-
Thye Act, Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act, or California Desert 
Protection Act of 1994.
    The bill also excludes the renewal, reissuance, or transfer 
of a grazing permit or lease by the Secretary concerned from 
the requirement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969 to prepare an environmental analysis if such decision 
continues current grazing management of the allotment. States 
that crossing and trailing permits are an administrative 
decision and shall be excluded from the requirement to prepare 
an environmental analysis.
    The proposal makes provisions of the Administrative 
Procedure Act applicable to appeals made by grazing permittees 
regarding grazing permits or leases under the Act and the 
Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974.
            H.R. 4235, Swap Data Repository and Clearinghouse 
                    Indemnification Correction Act of 2012
    H.R. 4235 was introduced March 21, 2012, by Representative 
Robert Dold and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, in 
addition to the Committee on Financial Services. On March 27, 
2012, the Committee on Financial Services held a business 
meeting and ordered reported H.R. 4235, amended, by a voice 
vote. The Committee on Financial Services filed a report, H. 
Rept. 112-470, Part I on May 9, 2012.
    The proposal amends the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA), with 
respect to derivatives clearing organizations and swap data 
repositories, to repeal the prerequisite that, before the 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) may share 
information with specified regulatory agencies, such agencies 
must agree to indemnify the CFTC for expenses arising from 
litigation relating to information so provided.
    It also amends the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (SEA) to 
repeal similarly the prerequisite that, before a security-based 
swap data repository may share information with specified 
regulatory entities, such entities must agree to indemnify both 
such repository and the Securities and Exchange Commission 
(SEC) for expenses arising from litigation relating to 
information so provided. (Note: See also the discussion under 
``D. Oversight.'')

                              d. oversight

    The Committee on Agriculture and its Subcommittees were 
active in their oversight functions, holding a number of 
oversight hearings and activities during the first quarter of 
the 112th Congress. The hearings related to the application, 
administration, and effectiveness of laws that lie within the 
Committee's jurisdiction as well as the organization and 
operation of the Department of Agriculture and other Federal 
agencies having responsibility for the administration of such 
laws. The hearings often result in recommendations for 
improvements in the administration of the laws, regulations and 
policies in effect in the Executive Branch as they relate to 
the Committee's jurisdiction. Information gathered at these 
hearings was useful in preparing legislation for consideration 
in the House of Representatives.
    As part of its hearings, the Committee and its 
Subcommittees reviewed the way the particular Federal agency or 
department (usually the Department of Agriculture) administered 
existing laws related to the subject matter of the legislation 
before, or to be considered by, the Committee. In some cases, 
legislation favorably reported to the House carries a 
termination date (a ``sunset'') to ensure that in the future 
Congress will again review the effectiveness and the methods 
with which the Executive Branch of Government has carried out 
the letter and the spirit of that statute.
    In keeping with the objective of the Oversight Plan as 
submitted to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform 
and House Administration, H.J. Res. 72, and Rule XI, clause 2 
of the House of Representatives, the Committee and its 
subcommittees conducted the following chronological oversight 
hearings during the first quarter of the 112th Congress (Note: 
To see a copy of the Oversight Plan as submitted, see ``I. 
Summary of Organization, Jurisdiction, and Oversight Plan of 
the Committee on Agriculture'' and to see the description of 
H.J. Res. 72, see ``3. House Resolutions Considered in the 
House''.):
    January 20, 2011: Public Forum To Review the Biotechnology 
Product Regulatory Approval Process. Full Committee. Committee 
Print No. 112-00.
    The purpose of this forum was to review the biotechnology 
product regulatory approval process. The forum was held prior 
to an expected announcement by the USDA regarding genetically 
engineered alfalfa. The USDA has proposed an option that would 
be a departure from existing policy and would partially 
deregulate the product and impose geographic restrictions and 
isolation distances. Testimony was heard from two witnesses on 
two panels, including Thomas Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture. (Note: See also the discussion of 
H.J. Res. 72 under ``3. House Resolutions Considered in the 
House.'')
    February 10, 2011: Hearing to review implementation of 
Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer 
Protection Act, Part I. Full Committee. Hearing Serial No. 112-
01.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review implementations 
of title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer 
Protection Act. Many expressed concerns that the Commodity 
Futures Trading Commission is issuing too many rules too 
quickly to the detriment of adequate cost benefit analysis, 
deliberation and meaningful public comment. The subcommittee 
heard testimony from six witnesses on two panels, including 
Chairman Gary Gensler of the Commodity Futures trading 
Commission, as well as buyers and sellers of derivatives, and 
providers of clearing and execution platforms. (Note: See also 
the discussion of H.J. Res. 72 under ``3. House Resolutions 
Considered in the House'' and the discussion of H.R. 1573 under 
``4. Bills Reported.'')
    February 15, 2011: Hearing to review the Various 
Definitions of Rural Applied Under Programs Operated by the 
U.S. Department of Agriculture. Subcommittee on Rural 
Development, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture. 
Hearing Serial No. 112-02.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the various 
definitions of rural applied under programs operated by the 
U.S. Department of Agriculture. The definition of rural plays a 
key role in targeting scarce Federal dollars to communities in 
need. The 2008 Farm Bill made several changes to these 
definitions to ensure that funds are not used in and around 
urban areas. The 2008 Farm Bill also directed the Secretary of 
Agriculture to submit a report on the various definitions of 
rural as used by the USDA within two years of passage of the 
bill. Concern was expressed because the report has not been 
completed. There were five witnesses on two panels, including 
Ms. Cheryl Cook, Deputy Under Secretary, Rural Development, 
U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Note: See also the discussion 
of H.J. Res. 72 under ``3. House Resolutions Considered in the 
House'' and the discussion of H.R. 1573 under ``4. Bills 
Reported.'')
    February 15, 2011: Hearing to review implementation of 
Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer 
Protection Act, Part II. Subcommittee on General Farm 
Commodities and Risk Management. Hearing Serial No. 112-01.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the 
implementation of title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street 
Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This was part two of last 
weeks hearing to further review the Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission's effort to write rules that will implement a new 
regulatory regime for the derivatives market. Topics discussed 
were the potential impact of the more than thirty new 
regulatory proposals the Commodity Futures Trading Commission 
has issued since September. Testimony was heard from six 
witnesses on a single panel. (Note: See also the discussion of 
H.J. Res. 72 under ``3. House Resolutions Considered in the 
House'' and the discussion of H.R. 1573 under ``4. Bills 
Reported.'')
    February 16, 2011: Joint Hearing To Consider Reducing the 
Regulatory Burdens Posed by the Case, National Cotton Council 
v. EPA (6th Cir. 2009) and To Review Related Draft Legislation. 
Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture of the Committee on 
Agriculture and Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment 
of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Hearing 
Serial No. 112-03.
    The purpose of this hearing was to consider reducing the 
regulatory burdens posed by the case National Cotton Council v. 
EPA (6th Cir. 2009) and to review related draft legislation. 
Members of the subcommittee considered draft legislation 
targeted at addressing the 6th Circuit Court ruling under 
which, pesticide users would have to obtain a duplicate permit 
under the Clean Water Act for the use of pesticides. Pesticides 
are used by farmers, ranchers, forest managers, mosquito 
control districts, water districts, and others and pesticide 
applications are highly regulated under the Federal 
Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act. Testimony was heard 
from five witnesses on two panels. (Note: See also the 
discussion of H.J. Res. 72 under ``3. House Resolutions 
Considered in the House'' and the discussion of the H.R. 872 
under ``2. Bills Acted on by the House But Not the Senate.'')
    February 17, 2011: Hearing to review the state of the farm 
economy. Full Committee. Hearing Serial No. 112-04.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the state of the 
farm economy. Topics discussed include the many regulatory 
burdens affecting the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers, 
economic trends in prices, input costs, and farm output. The 
committee heard testimony from the Honorable Thomas J. Vilsack, 
Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    March 10, 2011: Hearing to review the impact of EPA 
Regulation on Agriculture. Full Committee. Hearing Serial No. 
112-05.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the impact of EPA 
regulations on agriculture. The committee discussed the 
aggressive regulatory agenda the agency is pursing at the 
expense of the livelihoods of America's farmers and ranchers. 
Testimony was heard from Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator, U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency. (Note: See also the discussion 
of H.J. Res. 72 under ``3. House Resolutions Considered in the 
House.'')
    March 16, 2011: Hearing to review the Chesapeake Bay TMDL, 
Agricultural Conservation Practices, and Their Implications on 
National Watersheds. Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and 
Forestry. Hearing Serial No. 112-06.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the Chesapeake 
Bay TMDL, agriculture conservation practices, and their 
implications on national watersheds. Topics discussed were the 
importance of conservation programs and their impacts on the 
health of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as the steps farmers have 
taken to preserve and protect the watershed. Many expressed 
concerns that the EPA is not recognizing the contributions 
producers have made to ensuring a healthy bay, that the EPA is 
not considering the economic consequences of its Chesapeake Bay 
cleanup program on the agricultural community, and that the EPA 
could use the process from this effort and eventually apply it 
to other watersheds across the country which would subject 
farmers there to heavy regulations. The subcommittee heard 
testimony from seven witnesses on two panels. (Note: See also 
the discussion of H.J. Res. 72 under ``3. House Resolutions 
Considered in the House.'')
    March 31, 2011: Defining the market: Entity and product 
classifications under Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street 
Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Full Committee. Hearing 
Serial No. 112-07.
    The purpose of this hearing, titled ``Define the Market: 
Entity and Product Classifications under Title VII of the Dodd-
Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,'' was to 
review the definitions of key terms included in Dodd-Frank, 
such as ``swap,'' ``swap dealer,'' and ``major swap 
participant.'' Members of the committee considered how end-
users will be impacted by these definitions and regulatory 
designations. There were six witnesses on two panels, including 
the Honorable Gary Gensler, Chairman, Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission. (Note: See also the discussion of H.J. Res. 72 
under ``3. House Resolutions Considered in the House'' and the 
discussion of H.R. 1573 under ``4. Bills Reported.'')
    April 6, 2011: Hearing to review the state of the beef 
industry. Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry. 
Hearing Serial No. 112-08.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the state of the 
beef industry. Topics discussed included the structure and 
economic conditions of the beef sector and a range of issues 
impacting the beef industry such as environmental policies, 
feed availability, input process, trade, and the proposed Grain 
Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule. 
The subcommittee heard testimony from three witnesses on one 
panel.
    April 7, 2011: Hearing to review market promotion programs 
and their effectiveness on expanding exports of U.S. 
agricultural products. Subcommittee on Rural Development, 
Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture. Hearing 
Serial No. 112-09.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review market promotion 
programs and their effectiveness on expanding exports of U.S. 
agricultural products. Topics discussed included the U.S. 
Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service which 
operates five market promotion programs. These programs are all 
designed to facilitate exports and include the Market Access 
Program, Foreign Market Development Program, Emerging Markets 
Program, Quality Samples Program, and the Technical Assistance 
for Specialty Crops program. Testimony was heard from six 
witnesses on two panels, including John Brewer, Administrator, 
Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    April 13, 2011: Implementing Dodd-Frank: A review of the 
CFTC's rulemaking process. Subcommittee on General Farm 
Commodities and Risk Management. Hearing Serial No. 112-10.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review CFTC's Rulemaking 
Process for implementing title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall 
Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. This was the third 
hearing in a series of hearings to review the Dodd-Frank Wall 
Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Testimony was heard 
from six witnesses on two panels.
    April 13, 2011: Hearing to review the state of the poultry 
industry. Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry. 
Hearing Serial No. 112-11.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the state of the 
poultry industry. The subcommittee heard testimony from a 
chicken grower, a chicken integrator, and a turkey grower on 
the structure and economic conditions of the poultry sector. 
Testimony from three witnesses was heard on a single panel. 
(Note: See also the discussion of H.J. Res. 72 under ``3. House 
Resolutions Considered in the House'' and the discussion of 
H.R. 1573 under ``4. Bills Reported.'')
    April 14, 2011: Hearing to review credit conditions in 
rural America. Subcommittee on Department Operations, 
Oversight, and Credit. Hearing Serial No. 112-12.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review credit conditions 
in rural America. Many expressed concern over credit being 
readily available through institutions that are fundamentally 
sound, since a number of institutions provide credit to our 
nations farmers, ranchers, and rural constituents. The 
subcommittee heard testimony from seven witnesses from two 
panels. Witnesses included representatives from the FSA, FCA, 
Farmer Mac, the Federal Reserve Bank, local banks, and the 
agricultural community.
    May 3, 2011: Joint hearing to review the costs of Federal 
regulatory dysfunction to American jobs, agriculture, health & 
species. Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on Natural 
Resources. Hearing Serial No. 112-13.
    The purpose of this hearing was to bring together the 
Agriculture and Natural Resources Committees to focus on 
pesticide registration consultations under section 7 of the 
Endangered Species Act (ESA) carried out between the 
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and either the National 
Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the Department of Commerce, 
or the Fish and Wildlife Service of the Department of the 
Interior (FWS).
    Committee members encouraged Federal agencies to include a 
transparent analysis of the economic impacts to production 
agriculture and forestry in the scope of work of the recently 
requested review by the National Academies of Science (NAS) and 
to commit to re-initiating consultation on the first several 
biological opinions following completion of the review by the 
NAS of the scientific models and economic impacts used by the 
Federal agencies. The Committees heard from ten witnesses on 
two panels including USDA Chief Economist Dr. Joseph Glauber. 
(Note: See also the discussion of H.J. Res. 72 under ``3. House 
Resolutions Considered in the House.'')
    May 4, 2011: Hearing to review the state of the pork 
industry. Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry. 
Hearing Serial No. 112-14.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the state of the 
pork industry. The subcommittee discussed the economic and 
policy issues currently affecting the pork industry. These 
included international trade, feed availability, animal health 
and welfare, environmental policies, and the proposed Grain 
Inspection. The subcommittee heard testimony from three 
witnesses, including a small farrow-to-finish producer, a 
packer, and an owner of a large family-owned pork farming 
network.
    May 5, 2011: Hearing to review the U.S. Forest Service's 
proposed forest planning rule. Subcommittee on Conservation, 
Energy, and Forestry. Hearing Serial No. 112-15.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review U.S. Forest 
Service's proposed Forest Planning Rule. The proposed planning 
rule was issued on February 14, 2011 and has a public comment 
period open until May 16, 2011. The rule revises the Forest 
Service's current planning process for its 155 national 
forests, 20 grasslands, and 1 prairie. Many expressed concerns 
that the rule is too complex, does nothing to reduce the 
regulatory burden on those working in the forest products 
industry, and does not adequately promote forestry job growth. 
The subcommittee heard testimony from five witnesses on two 
panels.
    May 12, 2011: Hearing to review pending free trade 
agreements. Full Committee. Hearing Serial No. 112-16.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review pending free 
trade agreements. The Committee examined pending free trade 
agreements between the U.S. and Colombia, Panama, and South 
Korea. Witnesses discussed the potential benefits of reducing 
tariffs under the three pending agreements and the U.S. 
experience with past trade agreements. The Committee heard 
testimony from two panels with eight witnesses, including Hon. 
Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture 
and Hon. Ron Kirk, United States Trade Representative.
    May 25, 2011: Harmonizing global derivatives reform: Impact 
on U.S. competitiveness and market stability Subcommittee on 
General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. Hearing Serial 
No. 112-17.
    The purpose of this hearing was to explore the need to 
harmonize reforms with other G20 nations, perform cost-benefit 
analysis, and avoid opportunities for regulatory arbitrage. The 
subcommittee heard testimony from eight witnesses on two panels 
including two commissioners from the Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission.
    June 2, 2011: Hearing to review recent investigations and 
audits conducted by the USDA Inspector General. Subcommittee on 
Department Operations, Oversight, and Credit. Hearing Serial 
No. 112-18.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the work of the 
USDA Office of the Inspector General. Members of the 
subcommittee discussed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance 
Program misuse, the Natural Resources Conservation Service 
audit, minority programs investigations, Biomass Crop 
Assistance Program implementation oversight, and USDA 
information technology improvement progress. Members heard 
testimony from a single panel of one witness, The Honorable 
Phyllis K. Fong, who was accompanied by three other OIG staff 
members. (Note: See also the discussion of H.J. Res. 72 under 
``3. House Resolutions Considered in the House.'')
    June 23, 2011: Hearing to review the opportunities and 
benefits of agricultural biotechnology. Subcommittee on Rural 
Development, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture. 
Hearing Serial No. 112-19.
    The purpose of this hearing was to explore the current 
issues and trends in biotechnology research, results, and 
regulation. Members of the Subcommittee discussed the use of 
science-based agriculture in relation to food security, reduced 
chemicals use, and global development. The costs of 
deregulation and the use of Environmental Impact Statements 
were also discussed. The subcommittee heard testimony from 
three witnesses on one panel.
    June 24, 2011: Agricultural Program Audit: Examination of 
the Federal Crop Insurance Program. Subcommittee on General 
Farm Commodities and Risk Management. Hearing Serial No. 112-
20.
    The purpose of this hearing was to audit the Federal Crop 
Insurance Program as overseen by the Risk Management Agency in 
preparation for future Farm Bill reauthorization. Subcommittee 
members discussed the status of the Standard Reinsurance 
Agreement, maintaining public-private policy liability 
partnerships, available products for dairy and livestock, 
service gaps, and effects of severe weather in 2011. Data 
sharing and mining to streamline services and prevent fraud 
were also discussed. The Subcommittee heard testimony from one 
witness, the Administrator of the Risk Management Agency. 
(Note: See also the discussion of H.J. Res. 72 under ``3. House 
Resolutions Considered in the House.'')
    July 7, 2011: Agricultural Program Audit: Examination of 
Conservation Programs. Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, 
and Forestry. Hearing Serial No. 112-20.
    The purpose of this hearing was to audit the currently-
implemented conservation programs as overseen by the USDA Farm 
Service Agency and Natural Resource Conservation Service in 
preparation for future Farm Bill reauthorization. Subcommittee 
members talked about the distinct roles and levels of 
effectiveness of the more than 20 existing conservation 
programs. Ways to streamline and prioritize program outcomes 
were also discussed. The Subcommittee heard testimony from two 
witnesses, the Administrator of the Farm Service Agency and the 
Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, on one 
panel. (Note: See also the discussion of H.J. Res. 72 under 
``3. House Resolutions Considered in the House.'')
    July 7, 2011: Agricultural Program Audit: Examination of 
Specialty Crop Programs. Subcommittee on Nutrition and 
Horticulture. Hearing Serial No. 112-20.
    The purpose of this hearing was to audit the specialty crop 
programs, including those for horticulture and organic 
agriculture found in Title X of the 2008 Farm Bill and in 
Section 32 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1935, in 
preparation for future farm bill reauthorization. Subcommittee 
members talked about the need to support specialty crops such 
as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and 
horticulture and nursery crops, including floriculture through 
targeted nutrition, conservation, research, crop insurance, 
disaster assistance, and trade promotion programs. The 
Subcommittee heard testimony from two witnesses on one panel 
including the Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing 
Service. (Note: See also the discussion of H.J. Res. 72 under 
``3. House Resolutions Considered in the House.'')
    July 8, 2011: Joint hearing to examine the challenges 
facing Domestic Oil and Gas Development and review the Bureau 
of Land Management/U.S. Forest Service Ban on Horizontal 
Drilling on Federal Lands. Subcommittee on Conservation, 
Energy, and Forestry with the Subcommittee on Energy and 
Mineral Resources of the Committee on Natural Resources. 
Hearing Serial No. 112-21.
    The purpose of this hearing was to explore the reasoning 
and implications of a potential ban on horizontal drilling and 
fracking in the George Washington National Forest. Subcommittee 
Members discussed potential economic and environmental concerns 
related to drilling and potential administrative bans. The 
subcommittees heard testimony from eight witnesses on two 
panels.
    July 13, 2011: Agricultural Program Audit: Examination of 
Foreign Agriculture and Food Aid Programs. Subcommittee on 
Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign 
Agriculture. Hearing Serial No. 112-20.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the efficiency 
and effectiveness of foreign agriculture and food aid programs 
as administered by the United States Agency for International 
Development and the United States Department of Agriculture 
through the Foreign Agricultural Service before writing a new 
farm bill. Subcommittee Members discussed the impacts of 
existing market development and trade programs as well as the 
need for and budget implications of foreign food assistance 
programs. The Subcommittee heard testimony from two witnesses 
on one panel, the acting Administrator of the Foreign 
Agriculture Service (USDA) and the Assistant Administrator for 
the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance 
(USAID). (Note: See also the discussion of H.J. Res. 72 under 
``3. House Resolutions Considered in the House.'')
    July 14, 2011: Agricultural Program Audit: Examination of 
USDA Farm Loan Programs. Subcommittee on Department Operations, 
Oversight, and Credit. Hearing Serial No. 112-20.
    The purpose of this audit hearing was to examine USDA Farm 
Loan programs before future farm bill reauthorization. 
Subcommittee Members discussed credit availability and urban 
program eligibility as well as the need to transition borrowers 
to commercial lenders when possible. The Subcommittee heard 
testimony from one witness, the Administrator of the Farm 
Service Agency. (Note: See also the discussion of H.J. Res. 72 
under ``3. House Resolutions Considered in the House.'')
    July 20, 2011: Agricultural Program Audit: Examination of 
USDA Energy and Forestry Programs. Subcommittee on 
Conservation, Energy, and Forestry. Hearing Serial No. 112-20.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review current energy 
and forestry programs as administered by the USDA in 
preparation for writing a new farm bill. Members of the 
Subcommittee discussed technical innovation and industry growth 
as well as current project-area implementations. Subcommittee 
Members also questioned the panel on the programs' relationship 
to agriculture and their current relevance to the general 
public. The Subcommittee heard testimony from three witnesses 
on one panel: the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, the 
Administrator of the Rural Business-Cooperative Service, and 
the Deputy Administrator of the Farm Service Agency. (Note: See 
also the discussion of H.J. Res. 72 under ``3. House 
Resolutions Considered in the House.'')
    July 21, 2011: Agricultural Program Audit: Examination of 
Title IV Nutrition Programs. Subcommittee on Nutrition and 
Horticulture. Hearing Serial No. 112-20.
    The purpose of this audit hearing was to evaluate the Title 
IV nutrition assistance programs of the Food, Conservation, and 
Energy Act of 2008 as administered by the USDA's Food and 
Nutrition Service. Subcommittee Members discussed Supplemental 
Nutrition Assistance Program enrollment, categorical 
eligibility, improper payments, benefits trafficking, program 
overlaps, and state accountability. Question topics also 
included healthy food availability, farmers' markets 
eligibility, and Pacific Islands aid requirements. Testimony 
was given by the Administrator of the Food and Nutrition 
Service. (Note: See also the discussion of H.J. Res. 72 under 
``3. House Resolutions Considered in the House.'')
    July 21, 2011: Derivatives reform: The View from Main 
Street. Full Committee. Hearing Serial No. 112-22.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the impact of 
derivatives reform on end-users and small financial 
institutions and to examine implementation progress of Title 
VII of the Dodd-Frank Act. Committee Members discussed the 
definition of ``swaps dealer'' as well as the derivatives title 
implementation responsibility for regulators outside of the 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Proposed regulations and 
the current rule-making timeline were also discussed. The 
Committee heard testimony from seven witnesses on two panels 
including The Honorable Gary Gensler, Chairman of the Commodity 
Futures Trading Commission.
    July 27, 2011: Agricultural Program Audit: Examination of 
Title I and the SURE Program. Subcommittee on General Farm 
Commodities and Risk Management. Hearing Serial No. 112-20.
    The purpose of this audit hearing was to review the 
effectiveness of the Title I programs of the Food, 
Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 including the Supplemental 
Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program and Average Crop 
Revenue Election (ACRE). Subcommittee Members discussed the 
advantages and disadvantages of crop insurance, direct 
payments, countercyclical payments, and the marketing loan 
assistance program in preparation for likely cuts mandated 
before the writing of the next farm bill. The Subcommittee 
heard testimony from the Administrator of the Farm Service 
Agency. (Note: See also the discussion of H.J. Res. 72 under 
``3. House Resolutions Considered in the House.'')
    July 28, 2011: Agricultural Program Audit: Examination of 
USDA Research Programs. Subcommittee on Rural Development, 
Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture. Hearing 
Serial No. 112-20.
    The purpose of this audit hearing was to provide 
Subcommittee Members a better understanding of the Research, 
Education, and Economics division of the USDA which is divided 
into four specialized branches: Agriculture Research Service 
(ARS), Economic Research Service (ERS), National Agricultural 
Statistics Service (NASS), and the National Institute of Food 
and Agriculture (NIFA). Specific research areas and monetary 
costs of each branch were discussed in preparation for the 
writing of the next farm bill. The Subcommittee heard testimony 
from the Administrator of ARS, Acting Director of NIFA, 
Administrator of NASS, and Acting Administrator of ERS. (Note: 
See also the discussion of H.J. Res. 72 under ``3. House 
Resolutions Considered in the House.'')
    September 6, 2011: Agricultural Program Audit: Examination 
of USDA Dairy Programs. Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and 
Poultry. Hearing Serial No. 112-20.
    The purpose of this audit hearing was to examine the 
effectiveness of USDA's dairy support programs including the 
Dairy Product Price Support Program (DPPSP), Milk Income Loss 
Contract Program (MILC), Dairy Export Incentive Program (DEIP), 
Livestock Gross Margin Insurance for Dairy (LGM-Dairy), and 
Federal Milk Marketing Orders (FMMOs). The Subcommittee Members 
discussed the dairy crisis of 2009 and ways to prevent such 
issues in the future. Testimony was heard from the Acting 
Deputy Administrator of the Farm Service Agency, and the Deputy 
Administrator for Dairy Programs through the Agricultural 
Marketing Service. (Note: See also the discussion of H.J. Res. 
72 under ``3. House Resolutions Considered in the House.'')
    September 13, 2011: Agricultural Program Audit: Examination 
of USDA Rural Development Programs. Subcommittee on Rural 
Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture. 
Hearing Serial No. 112-20.
    The purpose of this audit hearing was to review the 
effectiveness of programs administered by USDA's Rural 
Development Agency including the Rural Business-Cooperative 
Service (RBS), Rural Housing Service (RHS), and the Rural 
Utilities Service (RUS). Subcommittee Members discussed ways to 
streamline and improve these programs in preparation for the 
upcoming farm bill. Testimony was provided by the Administrator 
for Rural Utilities Service, Administrator for Rural Business-
Cooperative Services, and Administrator for Rural Housing 
Services. (Note: See also the discussion of H.J. Res. 72 under 
``3. House Resolutions Considered in the House.'')
    September 14, 2011: Examination of the issue of feed 
availability and its effect on the livestock and poultry 
industries. Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry. 
Hearing Serial No. 112-23.
    The purpose of this hearing was to provide Members a better 
understanding of the causes and effects of the nation's 
currently tight feed supply. Subcommittee Members heard 
testimony from a panel of six witnesses representing all 
sectors of the animal agriculture industry. Ethanol and its 
effect on corn prices and supplies was one of the main topics 
of debate. All witnesses agreed that feed availability was a 
top concern that significantly impacted their respective 
operations.
    September 24, 2011: Public field hearing to review the role 
of broadband access in rural economic development. Subcommittee 
on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign 
Agriculture. Hearing Serial No. 112-24.
    The purpose of this public field hearing was to provide 
Members a better understanding of the benefits of broadband 
access in rural areas. Subcommittee Members discussed ways of 
streamlining current programs in efforts to connect rural 
America to the global economy. The Subcommittee heard testimony 
from one panel comprised of five witnesses representing various 
companies with vested interests in the progression of broadband 
access in their respective regions.
    October 12, 2011: Hearing to review legislative proposals 
amending Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and 
Consumer Protection Act. Full Committee. Hearing Serial No. 
112-25.
    The purpose of this hearing was to discuss the pros and 
cons of seven different legislative proposals to amend Title 
VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer 
Protection Act: four bills already before the House and three 
discussion drafts. The Members heard testimony from a panel of 
six witnesses representing a variety of market participation 
who voiced concerns that the Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission (CFTC) is overreaching in its rulemaking and will 
have a negative impact on business and the economy if current 
legislation is not amended. (Note: See also the discussion of 
H.J. Res. 72 under ``3. House Resolutions Considered in the 
House.'')
    November 3, 2011: Hearing to review implementation of Phase 
II of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL Watershed Implementation Plans 
and their impacts on rural communities. Subcommittee on 
Conservation Energy and Forestry. Hearing Serial No. 112-26.
    The purpose of this hearing was to discuss concerns 
regarding the cost and regulatory burden surrounding cities and 
states are faced with in the second stage of a three-part 
process to limit discharge into the Chesapeake Bay. Members 
heard testimony from the Region 3 EPA Administrator on the 
first panel of witnesses, and from four additional witnesses on 
the second panel. (Note: See also the discussion of H.J. Res. 
72 under ``3. House Resolutions Considered in the House.'')
    December 1, 2011: Hearing to review updates on USDA 
Inspector General audits, including SNAP fraud detection 
efforts and IT compliance. Subcommittee on Department 
Operations, Oversight, and Credit. Hearing Serial No. 112-27.
    The purpose of this hearing was to discuss the progress of 
reports from the USDA Office of the Inspector General on 
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) fraud 
detection and USDA's use of additional funding for information 
technology to improve program delivery. Members of the 
Subcommittee heard testimony from the USDA Inspector General 
and questioned her and two of her assistant Inspectors General 
regarding four recently released reports. Members emphasized 
the necessity of timely and accurate reports from the Inspector 
General in order to help them make sound policy decisions. 
(Note: See also the discussion of H.J. Res. 72 under ``3. House 
Resolutions Considered in the House.'')
    December 8, 2011: Examination of the MF Global bankruptcy. 
Full Committee. Hearing Serial No. 112-28.
    The purpose of this hearing was to discuss the details and 
implications of the MF Global bankruptcy and reports of as much 
as $1.2 billion in missing customer funds. Members of the 
Committee heard testimony from nine witnesses divided amongst 
three panels--one of which was a single-witness panel comprised 
of the Honorable Jon S. Corzine, former CEO of MF Global. The 
hearing marked the first public comments about the 
circumstances surrounding the bankruptcy from Mr. Corzine.
    February 29, 2012: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission 
2012 Agenda. Full Committee. Hearing Serial No. 112-29.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review the 2012 agenda 
of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission including the 
agency's investigations of the collapse of MF Global and 
announcement of rules regarding the Dodd-Frank Wall Street 
Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Members of the Committee 
questioned the strength of customer protections as well as the 
status of the rulemaking process. Despite 28 finalized rules, 
more than 20 rules related to the Dodd-Frank Act remain 
unfinalized by the CFTC. Vague definitions included in the 
finalized rules for terms such as ``swap,'' ``swap dealer,'' 
and ``major swap participant,'' have caused participants 
trouble in comprehending the rules' influence. Testimony was 
heard from the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission, The Honorable Gary Gensler. (Note: See also the 
discussion of H.R. 2682, H.R. 2779, and H.R. 3336 under ``2. 
Bills Acted on by the House but not the Senate'' and the 
discussion of H.R. 1838, H.R. 1840, H.R. 2586, H.R. 3283, H.R. 
3527, and H.R. 4235 under ``4. Bills Reported.'')
    March 09, 2012: The Future of U.S. Farm Policy: Formulation 
of the 2012 Farm Bill--Field Hearing--Saranac Lake, NY. Full 
Committee. Hearing Serial No. 112-30, Pt. 1.
    The purpose of this hearing was to gather insight from 
producers in the northeastern portion of the United States in 
regards to what policies they felt should be included in the 
2012 Farm Bill. Policies impacting specialty crops and major 
agricultural industries in New York were of top concern amongst 
the eight witnesses who testified on two panels. This hearing 
marked the first in a series of field hearings targeted at 
gathering information from farmers and ranchers across the 
nation in an effort to develop a comprehensive package of 
reforms that are financially responsible and balanced in their 
approach to meeting the needs of a wide array of producers in a 
variety of regions.
    March 21, 2012: Hearing to Identify Duplicative Federal 
Rural Development Programs. Subcommittee on Rural Development, 
Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture. Hearing 
Serial No. 112-31.
    The purpose of this hearing was to discuss the need to 
streamline duplicative programs and improve agency coordination 
through the USDA and other agricultural related government 
entities. Two witnesses testified before the subcommittee 
discussing government accountability office findings and the 
increased need for government efficiency. A key topic of 
discussion was how modernization and efficiency can further 
serve rural communities.
    March 23, 2012: The Future of U.S. Farm Policy: Formulation 
of the 2012 Farm Bill--Field Hearing--Galesburg, IL. Full 
Committee. Hearing Serial No. 112-30, Pt. 1.
    The purpose of this hearing was to continue gathering 
producer input on recommended farm policy changes in advance of 
the 2012 Farm Bill. Members of the Committee heard testimony 
from 10 witnesses divided amongst two panels. The witnesses 
represented the views of corn, rice, soybean, wheat, sorghum, 
specialty crop and beef producers throughout the Midwest. They 
expressed the need for an effective safety net and a choice of 
risk management tools in order to continue producing a safe, 
affordable and stable food supply.
    March 27, 2012: Hearing to review the U.S. Forest Service 
Land Management: Challenges and Opportunities. Subcommittee on 
Conservation, Energy, and Forestry. Hearing Serial No. 112-32.
    The purpose of this hearing was to review multiple areas of 
forest management and discuss job creation in rural forested 
areas. Five witnesses testified regarding the Forest Service 
and work regarding conservation, maintenance and recreation. 
The public hearing covered topics including forest health, 
wildlife management, and invasive species.
    March 28, 2012: Hearing to review H.R. 3283, H.R. 1838, and 
H.R. 4235. Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk 
Management. Hearing Serial No. 112-33.
    The purpose of this hearing was to consider three bills 
intended to mitigate unintended consequences from Title VII of 
the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act 
and to make clarifications of requirements for trading outside 
of the United States. A panel of four testified to the 
subcommittee regarding the possible impact of these pieces of 
legislation.
    H.R. 3283, the Swap Jurisdiction Act, would limit the 
extraterritorial scope of Title VII by defining key terms. H.R. 
1838 would modify Dodd-Frank to limit risk and costs to 
producers. H.R. 4235, the Swap Data Repository & Clearinghouse 
Indemnification Correction Act of 2012, removes provisions from 
Dodd-Frank to increase market transparency and monitor for 
risk. (Note: See also the discussion of H.R. 2682, H.R. 2779, 
and H.R. 3336 under ``2. Bills Acted on by the House but not 
the Senate'' and the discussion of H.R. 1838, H.R. 1840, H.R. 
2586, H.R. 3283, H.R. 3527, and H.R. 4235 under ``4. Bills 
Reported.'')
    March 30, 2012: The Future of U.S. Farm Policy: Formulation 
of the 2012 Farm Bill--Field Hearing--State University, AR. 
Full Committee. Hearing Serial No. 112-30, Pt.1.
    The purpose of this hearing was to continue gaining 
producer insight in advance of the 2012 Farm Bill. Committee 
members heard testimony from 10 witnesses divided amongst two 
panels, including producers of aquaculture, beef and multiple 
commodities, including rice and cotton, from the southeast 
region of the United States. The producers discussed the 
hardships they face, such as catastrophic weather, and the 
importance of maintaining an adequate safety net, especially 
during difficult economic conditions.
    April 20, 2012: The Future of U.S. Farm Policy: Formulation 
of the 2012 Farm Bill--Field Hearing--Dodge City, KS. Full 
Committee. Hearing Serial No. 112-30, Pt. 1.
    The purpose of this hearing was to continue gaining 
producer insight regarding recommended farm policy changes in 
advance of the 2012 Farm Bill. Members of the Committee heard 
testimony from 10 witnesses divided amongst two panels 
representing commodity and beef producers. They testified about 
the importance of effective risk management opportunities in 
the upcoming 2012 Farm Bill.
    April 25, 2012: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Rural 
Development Programs. Subcommittee on Rural Development, 
Research, Biotechnology, and Foreign Agriculture. Hearing 
Serial No. 112-30, Pt. 2.
    The purpose of this hearing was to discuss the 
effectiveness of existing programs and potential changes in 
rural development programs for the 2012 Farm Bill. Subcommittee 
members heard testimony from two public panels comprised of 
seven total witnesses representing rural development entities 
across the United States. They provided feedback on the 
programs administered by USDA's Rural Development agency, 
including the Rural Business and Cooperative Service (RBS), the 
Rural Housing Service (RHS), and the Rural Utilities Service 
(RUS). Witnesses testified that continued investments in water, 
energy and broadband infrastructure are vital for economic 
development in rural communities.
    April 26, 2012: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: 
Conservation Programs. Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, 
and Forestry. Hearing Serial No. 112-30, Pt. 2.
    The purpose of this hearing was to discuss the 
effectiveness of current programs and potential changes in 
conservation programs for the 2012 Farm Bill. The Subcommittee 
heard testimony from ten witnesses divided amongst two panels 
representing conservationists and agricultural producers from 
around the United States. They acknowledged the difficult 
circumstances for reauthorizing budget provisions of Farm Bill 
programs, but reiterated the importance of conservation 
programs to assist produces with voluntary conservation 
initiatives.
    April 26, 2012: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Dairy 
Programs. Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry. 
Hearing Serial No. 112-30, Pt. 2.
    The purpose of this hearing was to discuss the 
effectiveness of current programs and potential changes to 
dairy programs for the upcoming 2012 Farm Bill. The 
Subcommittee heard testimony from five witnesses representing 
dairy organizations from across the United States. They 
testified about existing problems with dairy policy and 
provided feedback on possible Farm Bill changes to address 
those issues.
    May 8, 2012: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Specialty 
Crop and Nutrition Programs. Subcommittee on Nutrition and 
Horticulture. Hearing Serial No. 112-30, Pt. 2.
    The purpose of this hearing was to discuss the 
effectiveness of current programs and potential changes to 
specialty crop and nutrition programs in the 2012 Farm Bill. 
The Subcommittee heard testimony from two public panels 
comprised of nine total witnesses. The first panel included 
representatives of the specialty crop community and explained 
how government programs enhance the competitiveness of 
specialty crop promotion. The second panel discussed nutrition 
programs under the Subcommittee's jurisdiction, such as the 
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which all 
together, account for almost 80 percent of Farm Bill spending.
    May 10, 2012: Formulation of the 2012 Farm Bill: Credit 
Programs. Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and 
Credit. Hearing Serial No. 112-30, Pt. 2.
    The purpose of this hearing was to discuss the 
effectiveness of current programs and potential changes to 
credit programs in the 2012 Farm Bill. The Subcommittee heard 
testimony from five witnesses regarding the impact of credit on 
agricultural producers and their operations. They explained the 
importance of both initial and sustained support because of the 
inherent risks of production agriculture and discussed the role 
commercial lenders play in rural economic growth.
    May 16-17, 2012: Hearing to review the Formulation of 2012 
Farm Bill: Commodity Programs and Crop Insurance. Subcommittee 
on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. Hearing Serial 
No. 112-30, Pt. 2.
    The purpose of this hearing was to explore the agricultural 
safety net created through Title I programs and crop insurance. 
Members heard from four public panels comprised of 18 total 
witnesses who included economists and leaders from various 
commodity and agricultural groups highlighting the diversity of 
agriculture across the country. Witnesses described how 
programs are working under current law and how reforms can be 
made while stressing the need for a fair and effective safety 
net and a strong crop insurance program which ultimately ensure 
that consumers have a stable food and fiber supply.
    May 18, 2012: Hearing to review the Formation of 2012 Farm 
Bill: Energy and Forestry Programs. Subcommittee on 
Conservation, Energy, and Forestry. Hearing Serial No. 112-30, 
Pt. 2
    The purpose of this hearing was to allow subcommittee 
members and public witnesses share policy goals for the 
upcoming Farm Bill related to energy and forestry programs. Two 
panels of five members testified before the subcommittee about 
their industry experiences in energy and forestry. Testimony 
centered on the energy titles of the past two Farm Bills and 
potential changes for the 2012 version. The energy and forestry 
budget, biomass programs and rural energy were prominent topics 
of discussion as was the need to develop forestry provisions 
that promote healthier and better managed Federal, state, and 
private forests.

                        e. meetings not printed

    January 25, 2011--Full Committee open business meeting. 
Organizational meeting for the 112th Congress. Approval by 
voice vote of the Committee rules.
    February 10, 2011--Full Committee open business meeting. 
Approval by voice vote of the Oversight Plan for the 112th 
Congress.
    March 9, 2011--Full Committee open business meeting. 
Approval by voice vote of H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory 
Burdens Act of 2011.
    March 15, 2011--Full Committee open business meeting. 
Approval by voice vote of the Budget Views and Estimates Letter 
for FY 2012, offering budget recommendations of the Committee 
on Agriculture for the agencies and programs under its 
jurisdiction.
    May 4, 2011--Full Committee open business meeting. Approval 
by voice vote H.R. 1573, to facilitate implementation of title 
VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer 
Protection Act, promote regulatory coordination, and avoid 
market disruption.
    June 23, 2011--Full Committee open business meeting. 
Approval by voice vote of the Activity Report of the Committee 
on Agriculture for the 1st Quarter of the 112th Congress as 
required by House Rule XI, clause 1(d).
    December 2, 2011--Full Committee open business meeting. 
Approval by voice vote of the authorization and the issuance of 
a subpoena to compel the attendance of a witness at the 
subsequent hearing to examine the MF Global Bankruptcy.
    January 25, 2012--Full Committee open business meeting. To 
consider: H.R. 1840, to improve consideration by the Commodity 
Futures Trading Commission of the costs and benefits of its 
regulations and orders; H.R. 2682, Swap Execution Facility 
Clarification Act; H.R. 2779, to exempt inter-affiliate swaps 
from certain regulatory requirements put in place by the Dodd-
Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; H.R. 
2586, Swap Execution Facility Clarification Act; H.R. 3336, 
Small Business Credit Availability Act; and H.R. 3527, 
Protecting Main Street End-Users From Excessive Regulation.
    March 7, 2012--Full Committee open business meeting. 
Approval by a voice vote of the Budget Views and Estimates 
Letter for FY 2013, offering budget recommendations of the 
Committee on Agriculture for the agencies and programs under 
its jurisdiction
    April 18, 2012--Full Committee open business meeting. To 
consider a proposal to satisfy the Committee's reconciliation 
instructions required by H. Con. Res. 112, the Concurrent 
Resolution on the Budget for FY 2013.

                          f. committee prints

    Public Forum To Review the Biotechnology Product Regulatory 
Approval Process. January 20, 2011. Print No. 112-1.
    Committee on Agriculture Rules. Print. No. 112-2.
    Ceremony Unveiling the Portrait of the Honorable Collin C. 
Peterson. April 5, 2011. Print No. 112-3.

                             III. Appendix


                      a. executive communications

    E.C. 25--Jan. 6, 2011: A letter from the Office of Research 
and Analysis, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Supplemental Nutrition Assistance 
Program (SNAP): Clarifications and Corrections to Recipient 
Claim Establishment and Collection Standards [FNS-2008-0034] 
(RIN: 0584-AD25) received January 4, 2011.
    E.C. 44--Jan. 7, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Review Group, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Tobacco Transition 
Payment Program; Tobacco Transition Assessments (RIN: 0560-
AH30) received January 4, 2011.
    E.C. 119--Jan. 19, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Review Group, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Tobacco Transition 
Payment Program; Tobacco Transition Assessments (RIN: 0560-
AH30) received January 6, 2011.
    E.C. 172--Jan. 24, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Emerald Ash Borer; Quarantined Areas; 
Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, 
Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin [Doc. No.: APHIS-2008-
0072] received January 11, 2011.
    E.C. 173--Jan. 24, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Pine Shoot Beetle; Additions to 
Quarantined Areas [Doc. No.: APHIS-2008-0111] received January 
11, 2011.
    E.C. 174--Jan. 24, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Asian Longhorned Beetle; Additions to 
Quarantined Areas in Massachusetts and New York [Doc. No.: 
APHIS-2009-0014] received January 11, 2011.
    E.C. 193--Jan. 25, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's ``Major'' final rule--Subpart B--
Advanced Biofuel Payment Program (RIN: 0570-AA75) received 
January 21, 2011.
    E.C. 194--Jan. 25, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's ``Major'' final rule--Biorefinery 
Assistance Guaranteed Loans (RIN: 0570-AA73) received January 
21, 2011.
    E.C. 257--Feb. 8, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--2-Propenoic Acid, 
Methyl Ester, Polymer with Ethenyl Acetate, Hydrolyzed, Sodium 
Salts; Tolerance Exemption [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0603 FRL-8114-9] 
received January 13, 2011.
    E.C. 335--Feb. 9, 2011: A letter from the Secretary, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting a report entitled 
``Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Forest Recovery Act 
Pilot Project''; jointly to the Committees on Natural Resources 
and Agriculture.
    E.C. 336--Feb. 10, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fluazinam; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0032; FRL-8859-3] 
received January 14, 2011.
    E.C. 416--Feb. 14, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Black Stem Rust; Additions of Rust-
Resistant Varieties [Doc. No.: APHIS-2010-0088] received 
January 21, 2011.
    E.C. 478--Feb. 14, 2011: A letter from the Management 
Analyst, Directives and Regulations Branch, Forest Service, 
transmitting the Service's final rule--Prohibitions in Areas 
Designated by Order Closure of National Forest System Lands to 
Protect Privacy of Tribal Activities (RIN: 0596-AC93) received 
January 21, 2011, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); jointly to 
the Committees on Natural Resources and Agriculture.
    E.C. 508--Feb. 16, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Congressional Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Emerald Ash Borer; 
Addition of Quarantined Areas in Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, 
New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Wisconsin [Doc. No.: 
APHIS-2009-0098] received February 4, 2011.
    E.C. 509--Feb. 16, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Review Group, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Prevention of 
Payments to Deceased Persons (RIN: 0560-AH91) received January 
19, 2011.
    E.C. 510--Feb. 16, 2011: A letter from the Chief Planning 
and Regulatory Affairs Branch, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Supplemental 
Nutrition Assistance Program, Regulation Restructuring: 
Issuance Regulation Update and Reorganization To Reflect the 
End of Coupon Issuance Systems (RIN: 0584-AD48) received 
January 21, 2011.
    E.C. 511--Feb. 16, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza 
[Doc. No.: APHIS-2006-0074] (RIN: 0579-AC36) received January 
25, 2011.
    E.C. 512--Feb. 16, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Review Group, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Loan Servicing; Farm 
Loan Programs (RIN: 0560-AI05) received February 4, 2011.
    E.C. 538--Feb. 17, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's ``Major'' final rule--Subpart A--
Repowering Assistance Payments to Eligible Biorefineries (RIN: 
0570-AA74) received January 24, 2011.
    E.C. 539--Feb. 17, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fluazifop-P-
butyl; Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0980; FRL-8861-1] 
received January 25, 2011.
    E.C. 540--Feb. 17, 2011:A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Sulfentrazone; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0125; FRL-8860-1] 
received January 25, 2011.
    E.C. 558--Feb. 18, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Sodium and 
Potassium salts of N-alkyl (C8-C18)-beta-iminodipropionic acid; 
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-
0098; FRL-8861-9] received January 31, 2011.
    E.C. 559--Feb. 18, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fludioxonil; 
Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions [EPA-Q-OPP-2010-
0982; FRL-8859-6] received January 31, 2011.
    E.C. 560--Feb. 18, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--n-Octyl alcohol 
and n-Decyl alcohol; Exemption from the Requirement of a 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0181; FRL-8860-7] received January 
31, 2011.
    E.C. 561--Feb. 18, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--(S,S)-
Ethylenediamine Disuccinic Acid Trisodium Salt; Exemption from 
the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0733; FRL-8860-
6] received January 31, 2011.
    E.C. 562--Feb. 18, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Cyprodinil; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0385; FRL-8860-3] 
received January 31, 2011.
    E.C. 563--Feb. 18, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Isobutane; 
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-
0676; FRL-8860-4] received January 31, 2011.
    E.C. 564--Feb. 18, 2011:A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bispyribac-
sodium; Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0796; FRL-8860-2] 
received January 31, 2011.
    E.C. 597--Mar. 1, 2011: A letter from the Regulatory 
Officer, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Adjustment of Appendices to the Dairy 
Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Regulation for the 2010 
Tariff-Rate Quota Year received January 19, 2011.
    E.C. 598--Mar. 1, 2011:A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Mefenoxam; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0713; FRL-8855-1] 
received January 28, 2011.
    E.C. 717--Mar. 3, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Polymerized Fatty 
Acid Esters with Aminoalcohol Alkoxylates; Exemption from the 
Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0275; FRL-8860-8] 
received February 11, 2011.
    E.C. 718--Mar. 3, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Clothianidin; 
Time-Limited Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0217; FRL-
8858-3] received February 11, 2011.
    E.C. 719--Mar. 3, 2011:A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--1,4-
Benzenedicarboxylic Acid, Dimethyl Ester, Polymer with 1,4-
Butanediol, Adipic Acid, and Hexamethylene Diisocyanate; 
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-
0838; FRL-8863-9] received February 11, 2011.
    E.C. 762--Mar. 8, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Difenoconazole; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0823; FRL-8864-9] 
received February 28, 2011.
    E.C. 763--Mar. 8, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Potassium 
hypochlorite; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance 
[EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0996; FRL-8859-5] received February 28, 2011.
    E.C. 802--Mar. 10, 2011: A letter from the Director, Policy 
Issuances Division, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Nutrition Labeling of Single-
Ingredient Products and Ground or Chopped Meat and Poultry 
Products [Doc. No.: FSIS-2005-0018] (RIN: 0583-AC60) received 
February 18, 2011.
    E.C. 803--Mar. 10, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Citrus Seed Imports; Citrus Greening 
and Citrus Variegated Chlorosis [Doc. No.: APHIS-2008-0052] 
(RIN: 0579-AD07) received February 16, 2011.
    E.C. 842--Mar. 14, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Review Group, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Asparagus Revenue 
Market Loss Assistant Payment Program (RIN: 0560-AI02) received 
February 18, 2011.
    E.C. 881--Mar. 15, 2011: A letter from the Commissioner, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting a letter 
regarding the current budget deliberations for the Commodity 
Futures Trading Commission; jointly to the Committees on 
Agriculture and Appropriations.
    E.C. 903--Mar. 17, 2011: A letter from the Secretary, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's report 
entitled, ``2010 Packers and Stockyards Program Annual 
Report'', pursuant to the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921, 
as amended.
    E.C. 1002--Apr. 4, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Potassium 
benzoate; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-
HQ-OPP-2011-0117; FRL-8863-2] received March 3, 2011.
    E.C. 1003--Apr. 4, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Peroxyacetic 
Acid; Amendment to an Exemption from the Requirement of a 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0021; FRL-8865-3] received March 3, 
2011.
    E.C. 1004--Apr. 4, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fomesafen; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0122; FRL-8858-5] 
received March 3, 2011.
    E.C. 1065--Apr. 6, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus 
thuringiensis eCry3.1Ab Protein in Corn; Temporary Exemption 
from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0609; FRL-
8866-5] received March 10, 2011.
    E.C. 1148--Apr. 8, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Changes in Disease Status of the 
Brazilian State of Santa Catarina With Regard to Certain 
Ruminant and Swine Diseases; Technical Amendment [Doc. No.: 
APHIS-2009-0034] (RIN: 0579-AD12) received March 23, 2011.
    E.C. 1149--Apr. 8, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--National Poultry Improvement Plan and 
Auxiliary Provisions [Doc. No.: APHIS-2009-0031] (RIN: 0579-
AD21) received March 24, 2011.
    E.C. 1106--Apr. 7, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Removal of the List of Ports of 
Embarkation and Export Inspection Facilities From the 
Regulations [Doc. No.: APHIS-2009-0078] (RIN: 0579-AD25) 
received April 4.
    E.C. 1107--Apr. 7, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Dichlormid; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0477; FRL-8866-2] 
received March 16, 2011.
    E.C. 1188--Apr. 11, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Sodium Ferric 
Ethylenediaminetetraacetate; Exemption from the Requirement of 
a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0097; FRL-8867-7] received March 
29, 2011.
    E.C. 1189--Apr. 11, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Mancozeb; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0307; FRL-8864-1] 
received March 29, 2011.
    E.C. 1190--Apr. 11, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Indaziflam; Pesticide 
Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0636; FRL-8864-3] received March 
29, 2011.
    E.C. 1218--Apr. 12, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Congressional Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Importation of Horses 
From Contagious Equine Metritis-Affected Countries [Doc. No.: 
APHIS-2008-0112] (RIN: 0579-AD31) received March 29, 2011.
    E.C. 1285--Apr. 15, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--U.S. Honey Producer Research, Promotion, and Consumer 
Information Order; Termination of Referendum Procedures [Doc. 
No.: AMS-FV-07-0091; FV-07-706-FR] (RIN: 0581-AC78) received 
March 23, 2011.
    E.C. 1286--Apr. 15, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--National Organic Program; Amendment to the National List 
of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Livestock) [Document No.: 
AMS-NOP-10-0051; NOP-10-04FR] (RIN: 0581-AD04) received March 
23, 2011.
    E.C. 1287--Apr. 15, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Walnuts Grown in California; Decreased Assessment Rate 
[Doc. No.: AMS-FV-10-0060; FV-10-984-1FIR] received March 23, 
2011.
    E.C. 1288--Apr. 15, 2011: A letter from the Assistant 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Marketing Order Regulating the 
Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Revision of 
the Salable Quantity and Allotment Percentage for Class 3 
(Native) Spearmint Oil for the 2010-2011 Marketing Year [Docket 
Nos.: AMS-FV-09-0082; FV-10-985-1A IR] received March 23, 2011.
    E.C. 1289--Apr. 15, 2011:A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Country of Origin Labeling of Packed Honey [Document No.: 
AMS-FV-08-0075] (RIN: 0581-AC89) received March 23, 2011.
    E.C. 1290--Apr. 15, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order; 
Section 610 Review [Docket Number: AMS-FV-10-0006] received 
March 23, 2011.
    E.C. 1291--Apr. 15, 2011:A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Avocados Grown in South Florida; Increased Assessment 
Rate [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-10-0067; FV-10915-1FIR] received March 
23, 2011.
    E.C. 1292--Apr. 15, 2011:A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Tart Cherries Grown in the States of Michigan, et al.; 
Final Free and Restricted Percentages for the 2010-2011 Crop 
Year for Tart Cherries [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-10-930-4FR] received 
March 23, 2011.
    E.C. 1306--May 2, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Kiwifruit Grown in California; Order Amending Marketing 
Order No. 920; Correction [Doc. No.: AO-FV-08-0174; AMS-FV-08-
0085; FV-08-920-3 C] received April 19, 2011.
    E.C. 1363--May 3, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Flubendiamide; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0099; FRL-8863-8] 
received March 22, 2011.
    E.C. 1364--May 3, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Aspergillus 
flavus AF36; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance 
[EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0101; FRL-8868-7] received March 22, 2011.
    E.C. 1365--May 3, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Hexythiazox; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0325; FRL-8868-6] 
received April 4, 2011.
    E.C. 1366--May 3, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Ethiprole; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0493; FRL-8863-1] 
received April 4, 2011.
    E.C. 1424--May 5, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Minimum Quality and Handling Standards for Domestic and 
Imported Peanuts Marketed in the United States; Section 610 
Review [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-10-0030; FV10-996-610 Review] received 
March 23, 2011.
    E.C. 1425--May 5, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Olives Grown in California; Decreased Assessment Rate 
[Doc. No.: AMS-FV-10-0115; FV11-932-1 IR] received March 23, 
2011.
    E.C. 1426--May 5, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Amendment To Allow 
Additional Exemptions [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-10-0072; FV10-927-1 IR] 
received March 23, 2011.
    E.C. 1427--May 5, 2011: A letter from the Director, Program 
Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Development 
Utilities Programs, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Rural Broadband Access Loans and Loan 
Guarantees (RIN: 0572-AC06) received April 6, 2011.
    E.C. 1480--May 10, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Etoxazole; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0063; FRL-8867-5] 
received April 8, 2011.
    E.C. 1481--May 10, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Escherichia coli 
O157:H7 Specific Bacteriophages; Temporary Exemption From the 
Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0274; FRL-8868-4] 
received April 8, 2011.
    E.C. 1482--May 10, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, 
transmitting the Agency's final rule--Glyphosate (N-
(phosphonomethyl)glycine; Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-
2009-0988; FRL-8866-8] received April 8, 2011.
    E.C. 1552--May 12, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Gypsy Moth Generally Infested Areas; 
Additions in Indiana, Maine, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and 
Wisconsin [Doc. No.: APHIS-2010-0075] received April 20, 2011.
    E.C. 1553--May 12, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Citrus Canker, Citrus Greening, and 
Asian Citrus Psyllid; Interstate Movement of Regulated Nursery 
Stock [Doc. No.: APHIS-2010-0048] (RIN: 0579-AD29) received May 
2, 2011.
    E.C. 1598--May 23, 2011: A letter from the Chairman and 
Chief Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, 
transmitting the Administration's final rule--General 
Provisions; Operating and Strategic Business Planning (RIN: 
3052-AC66) received May 3, 2011.
    E.C. 1635--May 24, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Metiram; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0308; FRL-8869-1] 
received April 26, 2011.
    E.C. 1636--May 24, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Mefenpyr-diethyl; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0267; FRL-8870-9] 
received April 26, 2011.
    E.C. 1637--May 24, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pyrasulfotole; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0266; FRL-8869-5] 
received April 26, 2011.
    E.C. 1706--May 27, 2011: A letter from the Chief, Planning 
& Regulatory Affairs Branch, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Food Distribution 
Program on Indian Reservations: Amendments Related to the Food, 
Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 [FNS-2009-0006] (RIN: 
0584-AD95) received May 2, 2011.
    E.C. 1707--May 27, 2011: A letter from the Director of 
Legislative Affairs, NRCS, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Wetland Conservation 
[Doc. No.: NRCS-2011-0010] (RIN: 0578-AA58) received May 2, 
2011.
    E.C. 1713--May 31, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Aluminum 
tris(Oethylphosphonate), Butylate, Chlorethoxyfos, Clethodim, 
et al.; Tolerance Actions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0490; FRL-8869-6] 
received April 12, 2011.
    E.C. 1714--May 31, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Carbon Dioxide; 
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-
1077; FRL-0873-1] received May 2, 2011.
    E.C. 1715--May 31, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Clothianidin; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0771; FRL-8873-3] 
received May 26, 2011.
    E.C. 1716--May 31, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Metarhizium 
anisopliae strain F52; Exemption from the Requirement of a 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0194; FRL-8872-3] received May 2, 
2011.
    E.C. 1717--May 31, 2011: A letter from the Chairman and 
CEO, Farm Credit Administration, transmitting the 
Administration's final rule--Federal Agricultural Mortgage 
Corporation Governance and Federal Agricultural Mortgage 
Corporation Funding and Fiscal Affairs; Risk-Based Capital 
Requirements (RIN: 3052-AC51) received May 3, 2011.
    E.C. 1745--Jun. 1, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Glyphosate; 
Pesticide Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0938; FRL-8872-6] received 
May 6, 2011.
    E.C. 1746--Jun. 1, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Propiconazole; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-1009; FRL-8873-2] 
received May 6, 2011.
    E.C. 1747--Jun. 1, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Saflufenacil; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0755; FRL-8872-7] 
received May 6, 2011.
    E.C. 1748--Jun. 1, 2011: A letter from the Chairman and 
Chief Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, 
transmitting the Administration's 2011 compensation program 
adjustments, including the Agency's current salary range 
structure and the performance-based merit pay matrix, in 
accordance with section 1206 of the Financial Institutions, 
Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989.
    E.C. 1812--Jun. 3, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Triflusulfuron-
methyl; Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0102; FRL-8871-4] 
received April 19, 2011.
    E.C. 1813--Jun. 3, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Data Requirements 
for Antimicrobial Pesticides; notification to the Secretaries 
of Agriculture and Health and Human Services [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-
0110; FRL-8861-7] (RIN: 2010-AD30) received April 19, 2011.
    E.C. 1814--Jun. 3, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fluopicolide; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2006-0481; FRL-8859-9] 
received April 19, 2011.
    E.C. 1872--Jun. 9, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Spirotetramat; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0263; FRL-8865-8] 
received May 12, 2011.
    E.C. 1903--Jun. 14, 2011: A letter from the Chief, Planning 
and Regulatory Affairs, Department of Agriculture, transmitting 
the Department's final rule--Geographic Preference Option for 
the Procurement of Unprocessed Agricultural Products in Child 
Nutrition Programs (RIN: 0584-AE03) received May 24, 2011.
    E.C. 1904--Jun. 14, 2011: A letter from the Regulatory 
Contact, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Export Inspection and Weighing Waiver 
for High Quality Specialty Grains Transported in Containers 
[Doc. No.: GIPSA-2010-FGIS-0002] (RIN: 0580-AB18) received May 
5, 2011.
    E.C. 1962--Jun. 14, 2011: A letter from the Fiscal 
Assistant Secretary, Department of the Treasury, transmitting 
the annual reports that appear on pages 120-147 of the March 
2011 ``Treasury Bulletin'', pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 9602(a); 
jointly to the Committees on Ways and Means, Transportation and 
Infrastructure, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Education and 
the Workforce, and Energy and Commerce.
    E.C. 1963--Jun. 15, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Swine Hides and Skins, 
Bird Trophies, and Ruminant Hides and Skins; Technical 
Amendment [Doc. No.: APHIS-2006-0113] (RIN: 0579-AC11) received 
May 23, 2011.
    E.C. 1964--Jun. 15, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Brucellosis in Swine; Add Texas to 
List of Validated Brucellosis-Free States [Doc. No.: APHIS-
2011-0005] received May 23, 2011.
    E.C. 2024--Jun. 16, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Plum Pox Virus; Update of Quarantined 
Areas [Doc. No.: APHIS-2010-0089] received May 13, 2011.
    E.C. 2025--Jun. 16, 2011: A letter from the Chairman and 
CEO, Farm Credit Administration, transmitting the 
Administration's final rule--Loan Policies and Operations; Loan 
Purchases from FDIC (RIN: 3052-AC62) received May 31, 2011.
    E.C. 2067--Jun. 20, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Plants for Planting; 
Establishing a Category of Plants for Planting Not Authorized 
for Importation Pending Pest Risk Analysis [Doc. No.: APHIS-
2006-0011] (RIN: 0579-AC03) received May 31, 2011.
    E.C. 2068--Jun. 20, 2011: A letter from the Chief Planning 
and Regulatory Affairs Branch, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Supplemental 
Nutrition Assistance Program: Civil Rights Protections for SNAP 
Households (RIN: 0584-AD89) received May 31, 2011.
    E.C. 2069--Jun. 20, 2011: A letter from the Chairman and 
CEO, Farm Credit Administration, transmitting the 
Administration's final rule--Loan Policies and Operations; 
Lending and Leasing Limits and Risk Management (RIN: 3052-AC60) 
received May 31, 2011.
    E.C. 2086--Jun. 21, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bromoxzynil; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0268; FRL-8873-9] 
received June 2, 2011.
    E.C. 2087--Jun. 21, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulation Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Ethylene Glycol; 
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-
0361; FRL-8870-7] received June 2, 2011.
    E.C. 2088--Jun. 21, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pyraflufen-ethyl; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0426; FRL-8873-5] 
received June 2, 2011.
    E.C. 2260--Jul. 6, 2011: A letter from the Director, Policy 
Issuances Division, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Cooperative Inspection Programs: 
Interstate Shipment of Meat and Poultry Products [Doc. No.: 
FSIS-2008-0039] (RIN: 0538-AD37) received June 15, 2011.
    E.C. 2261--Jul. 6, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Diethylene Glycol 
MonoEthyl Ether (DEGEE); Exemption from the Requirement of a 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0474; FRL-8877-1] received June 15, 
2011.
    E.C. 2262--Jul. 6, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--C9 Rich Aromatic 
Hydrocarbons, C10-11 Rich Aromatic Hydrocarbons, and C11-12 
Rich Aromatic Hydrocarbons; Exemption from the Requirement of a 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0517; FRL-8876-2] received June 15, 
2011.
    E.C. 2302--Jul. 7, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Difenoconazole; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0296; FRL-8876-4] 
received June 10, 2011.
    E.C. 2303--Jul. 7, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pesticide 
Tolerances; Technical Amendments [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-1081; FRL-
8875-4] received June 10, 2011.
    E.C. 2338--Jul. 8, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington; Modification of the 
Rules and Regulations [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-11-0024; FV11-946-31R] 
received June 13, 2011.
    E.C. 2339--Jul. 8, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Sorghum Promotion, Research and 
Information Program; State Referendum Results [AMS-LS-11-0040] 
received June 13, 2011.
    E.C. 2340--Jul. 8, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil 
Produced in the Far West; Salable Quantities and Allotment 
Percentages for the 2011-2012 Marketing Year [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-
10-0094; FV11-985-1 FR] received June 13, 2011.
    E.C. 2341--Jul. 8, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--United States Standards for Grades of Potatoes [Doc. No.: 
AMS-FV-08-0023] received June 13, 2011.
    E.C. 2342--Jul. 8, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--National Organic Program; Amendment to the National List 
of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Livestock) [Doc. No.: 
AMS-NOP-10-005; NOP-10-04FR] (RIN: 0581-AD04) received June 13, 
2011.
    E.C. 2343--Jul. 8, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education 
and Industry Information Order [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-10-0015; PR-
A2] (RIN: 0581-AD03) received June 13, 2011.
    E.C. 2344--Jul. 8, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Fresh Prunes Grown in Designated Counties in Washington 
and in Umatilla County, OR; Termination of Marketing Order 924 
[Doc. No.: AMS-FV-10-0053; FV10-924-1 FR] received June 13, 
2011.
    E.C. 2367--Jul. 11, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; Amendment To Allow 
Additional Exemptions [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-10-0072; FV10-927-1 
FIR] received June 13, 2011.
    E.C. 2368--Jul. 11, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--User Fees for 2011 Crop Cotton Classification Services to 
Growers [AMS-CN-10-0111; CN-11-001] (RIN: 0581-AD11) received 
June 13, 2011.
    E.C. 2369--Jul. 11, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Nectarines and Peaches Grown in California; Suspension of 
Handling Requirements [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-11-0019; FV11-916/917-5 
IR] received June 13, 2011.
    E.C. 2370--Jul. 11, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Grapes Grown in Designated Area of Southeastern 
California; Increases Assessment Rate [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-10-
0104; FV11-925-1 FR] received June 13, 2011.
    E.C. 2371--Jul. 11, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Olives Grown in California; Decreased Assessment Rate 
[Doc. No.: AMS-FV-10-0115; FV11-932-1 IR] received June 13, 
201.
    E.C. 2372--Jul. 11, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Raisins Produced From Grapes Grown in California; 
Increased Assessment Rate [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-10-0090; FV10989-3 
FR] received June 13, 2011.
    E.C. 2373--Jul. 11, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Federal Seed Act Regulations [Doc. No.: AMS-LS-08-0002] 
(RIN: 0581-AC74) received June 13, 2011.
    E.C. 2374--Jul. 11, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Regulations Issued Under the Export Grape and Plum Act; 
Revision to the Minimum Requirements [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-10-0091; 
FV1135-1 FR] received June 13, 2011.
    E.C. 2375--Jul. 11, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington; Decreased Assessment 
Rate [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-11-0012; FV11-946-2 IR] received June 
13, 2011.
    E.C. 2376--Jul. 11, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order; 
Section 610 Review [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-10-0006] received June 13, 
2011.
    E.C. 2377--Jul. 11, 2011: A letter from the Deputy 
Director, Food and Community Resources, Department of 
Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final rule--
Competitive and Noncompetitive Non-Formula Federal Assistance 
Programs--Specific Administrative Provisions for the Beginning 
Farmer and Rancher Development Program (RIN: 0524-AA59) 
received June 20, 2011.
    E.C. 2378--Jul. 11, 2011: A letter from the Chairman and 
Chief Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, 
transmitting the Administration's final rule--Federal 
Agricultural Mortgage Corporation Funding and Fiscal Affairs; 
Farmer Mac Risk-Based Capital Stress Test, Version 5.0 (RIN: 
3052-AC70) received June 24, 2011.
    E.C. 2393--Jul. 12, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Cloquintocet-
mexyl; Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0980; FRL-8877-2] 
received June 24, 2011.
    E.C. 2394--Jul. 12, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Diethylene glycol 
mono butyl ether; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance 
[EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0474; FRL-8876-5] received June 24, 2011.
    E.C. 2395--Jul. 12, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Propylene Oxide; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0253; FRL-8877-7] 
received June 24, 2011.
    E.C. 2416--Jul. 12, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Assistant Secretary, Legislative Affairs, Department of State, 
transmitting the 2010 annual report on the operation of the 
Enterprise for the Americas Initiative and the Tropical Forest 
Conservation Act; jointly to the Committees on Foreign Affairs 
and Agriculture.
    E.C. 2418--Jul. 13, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act: Impact of Post-
Default Agreements on Trust Protection Eligibility [Doc. No.: 
AMS-FV-09-0047] received June 13, 2011.
    E.C. 2419--Jul. 13, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--2-meghyl-2,4-
pentanediol; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance 
[EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0330; FRL-8875-9] received June 20, 2011.
    E.C. 2554--Jul. 20, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Competitive and Noncompetitive Non-Formula Federal 
Assistance Programs--Administrative Provisions for the Sun 
Grant Program (RIN: 0524-AA64) received July 8, 2011.
    E.C. 2595--Jul. 25, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Risk Management Agency, Department of Agriculture, transmitting 
the Department's final rule--Common Crop Insurance Regulations; 
Extra Long Staple Cotton Crop Provisions [Doc. No.: FCIC-10-
0002] (RIN: 0563-AC27) received June 28, 2011.
    E.C. 2627--Jul. 27, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Environmental Protection Agency, transmitting proposed 
legislation to collect certain fees under the Toxic Substances 
Control Act (TSCA); jointly to the Committees on Agriculture 
and Energy and Commerce.
    E.C. 2631--Jul. 28, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--2-Propenoic acid, 
2-methyl-, phenylmethyl ester, polymer with 2-propenoic acid 
and sodium 2-methyl-2-[(1-oxo-2-propen-1-yl)amino]-1-
propanesulfonate(1:1), peroxydisulfuric acid ([HO)S(O)2]202) 
sodium salt (1:2)-initiated; Tolerance Exemption [EPA-HQ-OPP-
2011-0327; FRL-8878-4] received July 7, 2011.
    E.C. 2632--Jul. 28, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Maneb; Tolerance 
Actions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0327; FRL-8878-6] received July 7, 
2011.
    E.C. 2650--Jul. 29, 2011: A letter from the Deputy 
Director, Food and Community Resources, Department of 
Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final rule--
Competitive and Noncompetitive Nonformula Federal Assistance 
Programs--Administrative Provisions for Biomass Research and 
Development Initiative (0524-AA61) received June 20, 2011.
    E.C. 2665--Jul. 30, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington; Decreased Assessment 
Rate [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-11-0012; FV11-946-2 FIR] received July 
25, 2011.
    E.C. 2666--Jul. 30, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Watermelon Research and Promotion Plan; Redistricting and 
Importer Representation [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-10-0093] received 
July 25, 2011.
    E.C. 2667--Jul. 30, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Beef Promotion and Research; Reapportionment [Doc. No.: 
MSLS-10-0086] received July 25, 2011.
    E.C. 2668--Jul. 30, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Raisins Produced From Grapes Grown In California; 
Increase in Desirable Carryout Used To Compute Trade Demand 
[Doc. No.: AMS-FV-11-0013; FV11-989-1 FR] received July 25, 
2011.
    E.C. 2669--Jul. 30, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Mango Promotion, Research, and Information Order; 
Reapportionment [Doc. No.: AMSFV-10-0092] received July 25, 
2011.
    E.C. 2670--Jul. 30, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Vidalia Onions Grown in Georgia; Change in Late Payment 
and Interest Requirements on Past Due Assessments [Doc. No.: 
AMS-FV-11-0016; FV11-955-1 FR] received July 25, 2011.
    E.C. 2671--Jul. 30, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil 
Produced in the Far West; Revision of the Salable Quantity and 
Allotment Percentage for Class 3 (Native) Spearmint Oil for the 
2010-2011 Marketing Year [Doc. Nos.: AMS-FV-09-0082; FV10-985-
1A FIR] received July 25, 2011.
    E.C. 2672--Jul. 30, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Olives Grown in California; Decreased Assessment Rate 
[Doc. No.: AMS-FV-10-0115; FV11-932-1 FIR] received July 25, 
2011.
    E.C. 2673--Jul. 30, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Nectarines and Peaches Grown in California; Suspension of 
Handling Requirements [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-11-0019; FV11-916/917-5 
FIR] received July 25, 2011.
    E.C. 2679--Aug. 1, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Grapes Grown in a Designated Area of Southeastern 
California; Section 610 Review [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-06-0185; FV06-
925-610 Review] received July 25, 2011.
    E.C. 2680--Aug. 1, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Conditions of Guarantee (RIN: 0570-AA81) received July 
18, 2011.
    E.C. 2699--Aug. 2, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Movement of Hass Avocados From Areas 
Where Mediterranean Fruit Fly or South American Fruit Fly Exist 
[Doc. No.: APHIS-2010-0127] (RIN: 0579-AD34) received July 25, 
2011.
    E.C. 2700--Aug. 2, 2011: A letter from the Manager, 
BioPreferred Program, Department of Agriculture, transmitting 
the Department's final rule--Designation of Biobased Items for 
Federal Procurement (RIN: 0503-AA36) received July 25, 2011.
    E.C. 2778--Aug. 19, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--U.S. Honey Producer Research, Promotion, and Consumer 
Information Order; Termination of Referendum Procedures [Doc. 
No.: AMS-FV-07-0091; FV-07-706-FR] (RIN: 0581-AC78) received 
July 28, 2011.
    E.C. 2779--Aug. 23, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--
Chlorantraniliprole; Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-
0888; FRL-8875-5] received July 25, 2011.
    E.C. 2884--Sep. 2, 2011: A letter from the Secretary to the 
Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting 
the Commission's final rule--Removing Any Reference to or 
Reliance on Credit Ratings in Commission Regulations; Proposing 
Alternatives to the Use of Credit Ratings (RIN: 3038-AD11) 
received August 3, 2011.
    E.C. 2885--Sep. 2, 2011: A letter from the Secretary of the 
Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting 
the Commission's final rule--Process for Review of Swaps for 
Mandatory Clearing (RIN: 3038-AD00) received August 3, 2011.
    E.C. 2886--Sep. 2, 2011: A letter from the Secretary of the 
Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting 
the Commission's ``Major'' final rule--Swap Data Repositories: 
Registration Standards, Duties, and Core Principles (RIN: 3038-
AD20) received August 24, 2011.
    E.C. 2887--Sep. 2, 2011: A letter from the Secretary of the 
Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting 
the Commission's ``Major'' final rule--Final Rules for 
Implementing the Whistleblower Provisions of Section 23 of the 
Commodity Exchange Act (RIN: 3038-AD04) received August 24, 
2011.
    E.C. 2888--Sep. 2, 2011: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Provisions Common to Registered 
Entities (RIN: 3038-AD07) received August 3, 2011.
    E.C. 2889--Sep. 2, 2011: A letter from the Regulatory 
Analyst, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Export Inspection and Weighting Waiver 
for High Quality Specialty Grain Transported in Containers 
(RIN: 0580-AB18) received August 1, 2011.
    E.C. 2946--Sep. 6, 2011: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Large Trader Reporting for Physical 
Commodity Swaps (RIN: 3038-AD17) received July 28, 2011.
    E.C. 2947--Sep. 6, 2011: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Prohibition on the Employment, or 
Attempted Employment, of Manipulative and Deceptive Devices and 
Prohibition on Price Manipulation (RIN: 3038-AD27) received 
July 28, 2011.
    E.C. 2948--Sep. 6, 2011: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Privacy of Consumer Financial 
Information; Conforming Amendments Under Dodd-Frank Act (RIN: 
3038-AD13) received July 28, 2011.
    E.C. 2949--Sep. 6, 2011: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Effective Date for Swap Regulation 
received July 28, 2011.
    E.C. 2950--Sep. 6, 2011: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Agricultural Commodity Definition 
(RIN: 3038-AD23) received July 28, 2011.
    E.C. 2951--Sep. 6, 2011: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Business Affiliate Marketing and 
Disposal of Consumer Information Rules (RIN: 3038-AD12) 
received July 28, 2011.
    E.C. 2996--Sep. 9, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Shepherd's Purse With 
Roots From the Republic of Korea Into the United States [Doc. 
No.: APHIS-2009-0086] (RIN: 0579-AD26) received July 29, 2011.
    E.C. 2997--Sep. 9, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Karnal Bunt; Regulated Areas in 
Arizona, California, and Texas [Doc. No.: APHIS-2009-0079] 
received July 29, 2011.
    E.C. 2998--Sep. 9, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Carboxymenthyl 
guar gum sodium salt and Carboxymethylhydroxyproyl guar; 
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-
0531; FRL-8880-5] received July 20, 2011.
    E.C. 2999--Sep. 9, 2011: A letter from the Chairman and 
Chief Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, 
transmitting the Administration's final rule--Funding and 
Fiscal Affairs, Loan Policies and Operations, and Funding 
Operations; Investment Management (RIN: 3052-AC50) received 
August 2, 2011.
    E.C. 3035--Sep. 12, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fluoxastrobin; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0725; FRL-8884-4] 
received August 15, 2011.
    E.C. 3036--Sep. 12, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Metconazole; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0621; FRL-8882-7] 
received August 15, 2011
    E.C. 3037--Sep. 12, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Thiamethoxam; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0481; FRL-A8874-9] 
received August 15, 2011
    E.C. 3038--Sep. 12, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Tetraconazole; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0583; FRL-8885-1] 
received August 25, 2011.
    E.C. 3187--Sep. 22, 2011: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Agricultural Swaps (RIN: 3038-AD21) 
received August 23, 2011.
    E.C. 3188--Sep. 22, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--National Dairy Promotion and Research 
Program; Final Rule on Amendments to the Order [Doc. No.: DA-
08-07; AMS-DA-08-0050] (RIN: 0581-AC87) received August 22, 
2011.
    E.C. 3189--Sep. 22, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Irish Potatoes Grown in Washington; 
Modifications of the Rules and Regulations [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-
11-0024; FV11-946-3 FIR] received August 22, 2011.
    E.C. 3190--Sep. 22, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--National Organic Program (NOP); Sunset 
Review (2011) [Doc. No.: AMS-TM-07-0136; TM-07-14FR] (RIN: 
0581-AC77) received August 22, 2011.
    E.C. 3191--Sep. 22, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, 
Consumer Education and Industry Information Order [Doc. No.: 
AMS-FV-10-0015; FR] (RIN: 0581-AD03) received August 22, 2011.
    E.C. 3217--Sep. 23, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--National Veterinary Accreditation 
Program; Currently Accredited Veterinarians Performing 
Accredited Duties and Electing To Participate [Doc. No.: APHIS-
2006-0093] (RIN: 0579-AC04) received August 29, 2011.
    E.C. 3218--Sep. 23, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Peppers From Panama 
[Doc. No.: APHIS-2010-0002] (RIN: 0579-AD16) received August 
29, 2011.
    E.C. 3219--Sep. 23, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--European Larch Canker; Expansion of 
Regulated Areas [Doc. No.: APHIS-2011-0029] received August 29, 
2011.
    E.C. 3220--Sep. 23, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Asian Longhorned Beetle; Quarantined 
Areas and Regulated Articles [Doc. No.: APHIS-2010-0128] 
received August 29, 2011.
    E.C. 3221--Sep. 23, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Horses From Contagious 
Equine Metritis-Affected Countries [Doc. No.: APHIS-2008-0112] 
(RIN: 0579-AD31) received August 29, 2011.
    E.C. 3267--Sep. 29, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Congressional Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Commercial 
Transportation of Equines to Slaughter [Doc. No.: APHIS-2006-
0168] (RIN: 0579-AC49) received September 8, 2011.
    E.C. 3268--Sep. 29, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Tebuconazole; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0120; FRL-8885-4] 
received September 12, 2011.
    E.C. 3269--Sep. 29, 2011: A letter from the Chairman and 
Chief Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, 
transmitting the Administration's final rule--Funding and 
Fiscal Affairs, Loan Policies and Operations, and Funding 
Operations; Capital Adequacy Risk-Weighting Revisions: 
Alternatives to Credit Ratings (RIN: 3052-AC71) received 
September 6, 2011.
    E.C. 3297--Oct. 3, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Program Development and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Utilities 
Service, transmitting the Service's final rule--Emergency 
Restoration Plan (ERP) (RIN: 0572-AC16) received September 6, 
2011.
    E.C. 3329--Oct. 4, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Atrazine, 
Chloroneb, Chlorpyrifos, Clofencent, Endosulfan, et al.; 
Tolerance Actions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0104; FRL-8883-9] received 
September 12, 2011.
    E.C. 3330--Oct. 4, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Sulfur Dioxide; 
Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-
0684; FRL-8887-2] received September 12, 2011.
    E.C. 3331--Oct. 4, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--2,4-D; Pesticide 
Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0905; FRL-8881-7] received 
September 12, 2011.
    E.C. 3332--Oct. 4, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Chromobacterium 
subtsugae strain PRAA4-1T; Exemption from the Requirement of a 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0054; FRL-8887-4] received September 
12, 2011.
    E.C. 3333--Oct. 4, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Dicamba; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0496; FRL-8881-6] 
received September 12, 2011.
    E.C. 3334--Oct. 4, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Flubendiamide; 
Pesticide Tolerances; Technical Amendment [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-
0099; FRL-8870-8] received September 12, 2011.
    E.C. 3335--Oct. 4, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Lipase, 
Triacylglycerol; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance 
[EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0271; FRL-8882-4] received September 12, 2011.
    E.C. 3336--Oct. 4, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Mandipropamid; 
Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-
0639; FRL-8886-8] received September 12, 2011.
    E.C. 3337--Oct. 4, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Novaluron; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0466; FRL-8882-1] 
received September 12, 2011.
    E.C. 3380--Oct. 6, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fluazifop-P-
butyl; Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0849; FRL-8889-1] 
received September 20, 2011.
    E.C. 3381--Oct. 6, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--
Chlorantraniliprole; Pesticide Tolerances; Correction [EPA-HQ-
OPP-2010-0888; FRL-8888-3] received September 20, 2011.
    E.C. 3410--Oct. 7, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Cotton Board Rules and Regulations: 
Adjusting Supplemental Assessment on Imports [Doc. No.: AMS-CN-
11-0026; CN-11-002] received September 16, 2011.
    E.C. 3411--Oct. 7, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, 
Consumer Education and Industry Information Order; Correction 
[Doc. No.: AMS-FV-10-0015C; FR] (RIN: 0581-AD03) received 
September 16, 2011.
    E.C. 3412--Oct. 7, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; 
Assessment Rate Decrease for Processed Pears [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-
11-0070 FV11-927-3 IR] received September 16, 2011.
    E.C. 3413--Oct. 7, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; 
Assessment Rate Decrease for Fresh Pears [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-11-
0060; FV11-927-2 IR] received September 16, 2011.
    E.C. 3414--Oct. 7, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Dried Prunes Produced in California; 
Decreased Assessment Rate [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-11-0068; FV11-993-1 
IR] received September 16, 2011.
    E.C. 3425--Oct. 11, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Review Group, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Emergency Assistance 
for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program, 
Livestock Indemnity Program, and General Provisions for 
Supplemental Agricultural Disaster Assistance Programs (RIN: 
0560-AH95) received September 16, 2011.
    E.C. 3426--Oct. 11, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus 
thuringiensis eCry3.1Ab Protein in Corn; Temporary Exemption 
From the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0609; FRL-
8889-2] received September 15, 2011.
    E.C. 3427--Oct. 11, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--
Tetrachlorvinphos; Extension of Time-Limited Interim Pesticide 
Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0360; FRL-8887-5] received 
September 15, 2011.
    E.C. 3445--Oct. 12, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; 
State and Zone Designations; Michigan [Doc. No.: APHIS-2011-
0075] received September 14, 2011.
    E.C. 3465--Oct. 13, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Rural Housing Service, Department of Agriculture, transmitting 
the Department's final rule--Intergovernmental Review received 
September 16, 2011.
    E.C. 3495--Oct. 14, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Program Development & Regulatory Analysis, Department of 
Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final rule--
Expansion of 911 Access; Telecommunications Loan Program (RIN: 
0572-AC24) received October 5, 2011.
    E.C. 3496--Oct. 14, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Gypsy Moth Generally Infested Areas; 
Additions in Indiana, Maine, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, and 
Wisconsin [Doc. No.: APHIS-2010-0075] received October 3, 2011.
    E.C. 3497--Oct. 14, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Golden Nematode; Removal of Regulated 
Areas [Doc. No.: APHIS-2011-0036] received October 3, 2011.
    E.C. 3498--Oct. 14, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Phytosanitary Treatments; Location of 
and Process for Updating Treatment Schedules; Technical 
Amendment [Doc. No.: APHIS-2008-0022] (RIN: 0579-AC94) received 
October 3, 2011.
    E.C. 3511--Oct. 18, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--2-Propenoic acid, 
polymer with ethenylbenzene and (1-methylethenyl) benzene, 
sodium salt; Tolerance exemption [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0430; FRL-
8888-5] received August 18, 2011.
    E.C. 3541--Oct. 21, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; 
State and Zone Designations; New Mexico [Doc. No.: APHIS-2011-
0093] received October 5, 2011.
    E.C. 3542--Oct. 21, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pseudomonas 
fluorescens strain CL145; Exemption from the Requirement of a 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0087; FRL-8884-6] received August 
18, 2011.
    E.C. 3561--Oct. 24, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Tuberculosis in Cattle and Bison; 
State and Zone Designations; Minnesota [Doc. No.: APHIS-2011-
0100] received October 5, 2011.
    E.C. 3562--Oct. 24, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Amisulbron; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0186; FRL-8885-3] 
received September 26, 2011.
    E.C. 3563--Oct. 24, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Isaria 
fumosorosea Apopka strain 97; Exemption from the Requirement of 
a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0087; FRL-8889-8] received 
September 26, 2011.
    E.C. 3617--Oct. 27, 2011: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Foreign Futures and Options Contracts 
on a Non-Narrow-Based Security Index; Commission Certification 
Procedures (RIN: 3038-AC54) received September 27, 2011.
    E.C. 3618--Oct. 27, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Isopyrazam; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0906; FRL-8874-6] 
received October 6, 2011.
    E.C. 3619--Oct. 27, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Prothicocnazole; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0053; FRL-8884-2] 
received October 4, 2011.
    E.C. 3689--Nov. 1, 2011: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Retail Foreign Exchange Transactions; 
Conforming Changes to Existing Regulations in Response to the 
Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act 
received September 27, 2011.
    E.C. 3690--Nov. 1, 2011: A letter from the Administrator, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Intergovernmental Review received October 4, 2011.
    E.C. 3691--Nov. 1, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Review Group, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Guaranteed Loan Fees 
(RIN: 0560-AH41) received September 27, 2011.
    E.C. 3692--Nov. 1, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Review Group, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Biomass Crop 
Assistance Program: Corrections (RIN: 0560-AI13) received 
September 27, 2011.
    E.C. 3730--Nov. 3, 2011: A letter from the Chief, Planning 
and Regulatory Affairs Branch, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Special Supplemental 
Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC): 
Implementation of Nondiscretionary, Non-Electronic Benefits 
Transfer-Related Provisions (RIN: 0584-AE13) received October 
12, 2011.
    E.C. 3731--Nov. 3, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Tomatoes With Stems 
From the Republic of Korea Into the United States [Doc. No.: 
APHIS-2010-0020] (RIN: 0579-AD33) received October 31, 2011.
    E.C. 3766--Nov. 7, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Fresh Baby Kiwi From 
Chile Under a Systems Approach [Doc. No.: APHIS-2010-0018] 
(RIN: 0579-AD37) received October 27, 2011.
    E.C. 3767--Nov. 7, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--National Poultry Improvement Plan and 
Auxiliary Provisions; Correction [Doc. No.: APHIS-2009-0031] 
(RIN: 0579-AD21) received October 27, 2011.
    E.C. 3806--Nov. 14, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Brucellosis in Swine; Add Texas to 
List of Validated Brucellosis-Free States [Doc. No.: APHIS-
2011-0005] received October 27, 2011.
    E.C. 3869--Nov. 16, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacteriophage of 
Clavibacter michiganensis subspecies michiganensis; Exemption 
from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0538; FRL-
8891-3] received October 18, 2011.
    E.C. 3930--Nov. 18, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Bromeliad Plants in 
Growing Media From Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands [Doc. 
No.: APHIS-2010-0005] (RIN: 0579-AD36) received November 3, 
2011.
    E.C. 3931--Nov. 18, 2011: A letter from the Regulatory 
Officer, Department of Commerce, transmitting the Department's 
final rule--Adjustment of Appendices to the Dairy Tariff-Rate 
Import Quota Licensing Regulation for the 2011 Tariff-Rate 
Quota Year received October 31, 2011.
    E.C. 3968--Nov. 25, 2011: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's ``Major'' final rule--Reporting by Investment 
Advisers to Private Funds and Certain Commodity Pool Operators 
and Commodity Trading Advisors on Form PF [Release No.: IA-
3308; File No. S7-05-11] (RIN: 3235-AK92) received November 17, 
2011.
    E.C. 3969--Nov. 25, 2011: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's ``Major'' final rule--Position Limits for Futures 
and Swaps (RIN: 3038-AD17) received November 16, 2011.
    E.C. 4067--Dec. 1, 2011: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of French Beans and Runner 
Beans From the Republic of Kenya Into the United States [Doc. 
No.: APHIS-2010-0101] (RIN: 0579-AD39) received November 4, 
2011.
    E.C. 4088--Dec. 2, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fenamidone; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0866; FRL-9325-4] 
received November 16, 2011.
    E.C. 4089--Dec. 2, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Polyethylene 
glycol; Tolerance Exemption [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0606; FRL-8892-1] 
received November 16, 2011.
    E.C. 4090--Dec. 2, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Prohexadione 
Calcium; Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0780; FRL-9326-
4] received November 16, 2011.
    E.C. 4176--Dec. 7, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Christmas Tree Promotion, Research, 
and Information Order [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-10-0008-FR-1A] (RIN: 
0581-AD00) received November 15, 2011.
    E.C. 4177--Dec. 7, 2011: A letter from the Management and 
Program Analyst, Directives and Regulations, Forest Service, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program 
(RIN: 0596-AC84) received November 15, 2011.
    E.C. 4205--Dec. 7, 2011: A letter from the Management and 
Program Analyst, Directives and Regulations, Forest Service, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Prohibitions--Developed Recreation Sites (RIN: 0596-AC98) 
received November 15, 2011; jointly to the Committees on 
Agriculture and Natural Resources.
    E.C. 4206--Dec. 8, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Walnuts Grown in California; Increased 
Assessment Rate [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-11-0062; FV11-984-1 FR] 
received November 17, 2011.
    E.C. 4207--Dec. 8, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Onions Grown in Certain Designated 
Counties in Idaho, and Malheur County, OR; Modification of 
Handling Regulations [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-11-0025; FV11-958-1 FR] 
received November 17, 2011.
    E.C. 4208--Dec. 8, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Abamectin 
(avermectin); Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0619; FRL-
8890-2] received November 4, 2011.
    E.C. 4209--Dec. 8, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Amides, C5-C9, N-
[3-(dimethylamino)propyl] and amides, C6-C12, N-[3-
(dimethylamino)propyl]; Exemption from the Requirement of a 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0093; FRL-8890-8] received November 
4, 2011.
    E.C. 4210--Dec. 8, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Flutriafol; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0876; FRL-9325-6] 
received November 4, 2011.
    E.C. 4211--Dec. 8, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Methacrylic acid-
methy methacrylate-polyethylene glycol monomethyl ether 
methacrylate graft copolymer; Tolerance Exemption [EPA-HQ-OPP-
2011-0583; FRL-8891-4] received November 4, 2011.
    E.C. 4212--Dec. 8, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Methacrylic 
Polymer; Tolerance Exemption [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0333; FRL-8891-1] 
received November 4, 2011.
    E.C. 4213--Dec. 8, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Trifloxystrobin; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0456; FRL-8890-1] 
received November 4, 2011.
    E.C. 4236--Dec. 9, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Nectarines and Fresh Peaches Grown in 
California; Termination of Marketing Order 916 and the Peach 
Provision of Marketing Order 917 [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-11-0018; 
FV11-916/917-4 FR] received November 17, 2011.
    E.C. 4237--Dec. 9, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Cotton Board Rules and Regulations: 
Adjusting Supplemental Assessment on Imports; Corrections [Doc. 
No.: AMS-CN-11-0026C; CN-11-002] received November 17, 2011.
    E.C. 4238--Dec. 9, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Christmas Tree Promotion, Research, 
and Information Order; Referendum Procedures [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-
10-0008-FR] (RIN: 0581-AD00) received November 17, 2011.
    E.C. 4276--Dec. 13, 2011: A letter from the Secretary of 
the Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 
transmitting the Commission's ``Major'' final rule--Derivatives 
Clearing Organization General Provisions and Core Principles 
(RIN: 3038-AC98) received November 29, 2011.
    E.C. 4277--Dec. 13, 2011: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Saflufenacil; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-1026; FRL-9325-2] 
received December 2, 2011.
    E.C. 4307--Dec. 15, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Christmas Tree Promotion, Research, 
and Information Order; Stay of Regulations [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-
10-0008-1A] (RIN: 0581-AD00) received December 2, 2011.
    E.C. 4317--Dec. 16, 2011: A letter from the Chairman and 
Chief Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, 
transmitting proposed amendments to title 12, chapter VI of the 
Code of Federal Regulations.
    E.C. 4327--Dec. 19, 2011: A letter from the Acting Deputy 
Associate Administrator, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Supplemental 
Nutrition Assistance Program: Quality Control Error Tolerance 
Threshold [FNS-2011-0060] (RIN: 0584-AE24) received November 
30, 2011.
    E.C. 4328--Dec. 19, 2011: A letter from the Acting 
Congressional Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Karnal Bunt; 
Regulated Areas in California [Doc. No.: APHIS-2011-0074] 
received November 30, 2011.
    E.C. 4366--Dec. 21, 2011: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's ``Major'' final rule--Investment of Customer Funds 
and Funds Held in an Account for Foreign Futures and Foreign 
Options Transactions (RIN: 3038-AC79) received December 19, 
2011.
    E.C. 4367--Dec. 21, 2011: A letter from the Chairman and 
Chief Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, 
transmitting the Administration's final rule--Funding and 
Fiscal Affairs, Loan Policies and Operations, and Funding 
Operations; Liquidity and Funding (RIN: 3052-AC54) received 
December 7, 2011.
    E.C. 4386--Dec. 22, 2011: A letter from the Management 
Analyst, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Implementation of Regulations Required 
Under Title XI of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 
2008; Suspension of Delivery of Birds, Additional Capital 
Investment Criteria, Breach of Contract, and Arbitration (RIN: 
0580-AB07) received December 14, 2011.
    E.C. 4458--Jan. 17, 2012: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Registration of Foreign Boards of 
Trade (RIN: 3038-AD19) received December 19, 2011.
    E.C. 4459--Jan. 17, 2012: A letter from the Program 
Development and Regulatory Analysis, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Standards and 
Specifications for Timber Products Acceptable for Use by Rural 
Utilities Service Electric and Telecommunications Borrowers 
received December 14, 2011.
    E.C. 4460--Jan. 17, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Review Group, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Farm Loan Programs 
Loan Making Activities (RIN: 0560-AI03) received December 13, 
2011.
    E.C. 4461--Jan. 17, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Department 
of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final rule--
Amending 7 CFR Part 4290, Rural Business Investment Program, 
and 7 CFR Part 1940, General (RIN: 0570-AA80) received December 
19, 2011.
    E.C. 4462--Jan. 17, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Extension of 
Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions (Multiple Chemicals) [EPA-
HQ-OPP-2011-0972; FRL-9329-9] received December 22, 2011.
    E.C. 4463--Jan. 17, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Isoxaflutole; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0845; FRL-8885-8] 
received December 7, 2011.
    E.C. 4464--Jan. 17, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Butyl acrylate-
methacrylic acid-styrene polymer; Tolerance Exemption [EPA-HQ-
OPP-2011-0732; FRL-9327-6] received December 14, 2011.
    E.C. 4465--Jan. 17, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Hexythiazox; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0916; FRL-9327-7] 
received December 14, 2011.
    E.C. 4618--Jan. 19, 2012: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's ``Major'' final rule--Real-Time Public Reporting 
of Swap Transaction Data (RIN: 3038-AD08) received January 9, 
2012.
    E.C. 4630--Jan. 23, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Cyhalofop-butyl; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0283; FRL-9330-1] 
received December 28, 2011.
    E.C. 4631--Jan. 23, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Difenoconazole; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0959; FRL-9328-6] 
received December 28, 2011.
    E.C. 4632--Jan. 23, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Tepraloxydim; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0865; FRL-9330-2] 
received December 28, 2011.
    E.C. 4661--Jan. 24, 2012: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Live Swine, Swine 
Semen, Pork and Pork Products from Liechtenstein and 
Switzerland [Doc. No.: APHIS-2009-0093] received December 21, 
2011.
    E.C. 4691--Jan. 25, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Oranges and Grapefruit Grown in Lower 
Rio Grande Valley in Texas; Increased Assessment Rate [Doc. 
No.: AMS-FV-11-0057; FV11-906-1 FR] received January 3, 2012.
    E.C. 4692--Jan. 25, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus 
amyloliquefaciens strain D747; Exemption from the Requirement 
of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0944; FRL-9330-4] received 
January 4, 2012.
    E.C. 4721--Jan. 27, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Review Group, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Highly Erodible Land 
and Wetland Conservation (RIN: 0560-AH97) received January 6, 
2012.
    E.C. 4732--Jan. 31, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Irish Potatoes Grown in Southeastern 
States; Suspension of Marketing Order Provisions [Doc. No.: 
AMS-FV-11-0027; FV11-953-1 FR] received January 3, 2012.
    E.C. 4733--Jan. 31, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Pistachios Grown in California, 
Arizona, and New Mexico; Decreased Assessment Rate [Doc. No.: 
AMS-FV-11-0077; FV-983-2 IR] received January 3, 2012.
    E.C. 4734--Jan. 31, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--United States Standards for Grades of 
Frozen Okra [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-07-0100, FV-11-327] received 
January 3, 2012.
    E.C. 4735--Jan. 31, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Marketing Order Regulating the 
Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Revision of 
the Salable Quantity and Allotment Percentage for Class 1 
(Scotch) and Class 3 (Native) Spearmint Oil for the 2011-2012 
Marketing Year [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-10-0094; FV11-985-1A IR] 
received January 3, 2012.
    E.C. 4763--Feb. 1, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Irish Potatoes Grown in Southeastern 
States; Suspension of Marketing Order Provisions [Doc. No.: 
AMS-FV-11-0027; FV11-953-1 FR] received January 3, 2012.
    E.C. 4801--Feb. 2, 2012: A letter from the Acting Director, 
Policy Issuances Division, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Classes of Poultry 
[Doc. No.: FSIS-2007-0048] (RIN: 0583-AC83) received January 3, 
2012.
    E.C. 4802--Feb. 2, 2012: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Lists of Regions Classified With 
Respect to Certain Animal Diseases and States Approved To 
Receive Certain Imported Horses [Doc. No.: APHIS-2009-0035] 
(RIN: 0579-AD05) received January 10, 2012.
    E.C. 4803--Feb. 2, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus subtilis 
strain CX-9060; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance 
[EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0104; FRL-9330-9] received January 11, 2012.
    E.C. 4856--Feb. 6, 2012: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--European Larch Canker; Expansion of 
Regulated Areas [Doc. No.: APHIS-2011-0029] received January 
10, 2012.
    E.C. 4876--Feb. 7, 2012: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's ``Major'' final rule--Real-Time Public Reporting 
of Swap Transaction Data (RIN: 3038-AD08) received February 7, 
2012.
    E.C. 4877--Feb. 7, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus 
amyloliquefaciens strain D747; Exemption from the Requirement 
of a Tolerance; Technical Correction [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0944; 
FRL-9334-3] received January 17, 2012.
    E.C. 4905--Feb. 8, 2012: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Swap Data record-keeping and Reporting 
Requirements (RIN: 3038-AD19) received January 12, 2012.
    E.C. 4906--Feb. 8, 2012: A letter from the Deputy Director, 
Regulations Policy and Management Staff, Department of Health 
and Human Services, transmitting the Department's final rule--
New Animal Drugs; Cephalosporin Drugs; Extralabel Animal Drug 
Use; Order of Prohibition [Doc. No.: FDA-2008-N-0326] received 
January 17, 2012.
    E.C. 4935--Feb. 9, 2012: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Registration of Swap Dealers and Major 
Swap Participants (RIN: 3038-AC95) received January 19, 2012.
    E.C. 4936--Feb. 9, 2012: A letter from the Administrator, 
Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Definitions and 
Abbreviations (RIN: 0570-AA87) received January 17, 2012.
    E.C. 4937--Feb. 9, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Credit, Travel and Grants Policy Division, Department of 
Agriculture, transmitting the Administration's final rule--
Implementation of Office of Management and Budget Guidance on 
Drug-Free Workplace Requirements (RIN: 0505-AA14) received 
January 10, 2012.
    E.C. 4938--Feb. 9, 2012: A letter from the Chairman and 
Chief Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, 
transmitting the Administration's final rule--Organization; 
Standards of Conduct and Referral of Known or Suspected 
Criminal Violations; Definitions; Disclosure to Shareholders; 
and Disclosure to Investors in System-wide and Consolidated 
Bank Debt Obligations of the Farm Credit System; Compensation, 
Retirement Programs, and Related Benefits (RIN: 3052-AC41) 
received January 17, 2012.
    E.C. 4985--Feb. 14, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Cyazofamid; 
Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-
0697; FRL-9332-5] received January 24, 2012.
    E.C. 4986--Feb. 14, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Etoxazole; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0968; FRL-9334-9] 
received January 24, 2012.
    E.C. 4987--Feb. 14, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Rimsulfuron; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-1017; FRL-9332-1] 
received January 24, 2012.
    E.C. 5004--Feb. 15, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Trichoderma 
virens strain G-41; Exemption from the Requirement of a 
Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0053; FRL-9333-5] received January 
30, 2012.
    E.C. 5055--Feb. 21, 2012: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Registration of Swap Dealers and Major 
Swap Participants (RIN: 3038-AC95) January 26, 2012.
    E.C. 5056--Feb. 21, 2012: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's ``Major'' final rule--Protection of Cleared Swaps 
Customer Contracts and Collateral; Conforming Amendments to the 
Commodity Broker Bankruptcy Provisions (RIN: Number 3038-AC99) 
received February 7, 2012.
    E.C. 5057--Feb. 21, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Program Dev. and Regulatory Analysis, Rural Development 
Utilities Program, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Electric Engineering, Architectural 
Services, Design Policies and Construction Standards (RIN: 
0572-AC20) received January 31, 2012.
    E.C. 5058--Feb. 21, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--National Dairy Promotion and Research 
Program; Amendments to the Order [Doc. No.: AMS-DA-11-0007; DA-
11-02] received January 31, 2012.
    E.C. 5059--Feb. 21, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Irish potatoes Grown in Colorado; 
Modification of the Handling Regulation for Area No. 3 [Doc. 
No.: AMS-FV-11-0051; FV11-948-1 FR] received January 31, 2012.
    E.C. 5060--Feb. 21, 2012: A letter from the Chairman and 
Chief Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, 
transmitting the Administration's final rule--Disclosure to 
Investors in Systemwide and Consolidated Bank Debt Obligations 
of the Farm Credit System (RIN: 3052-AC77) received January 31, 
2012.
    E.C. 5196--Mar. 7, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Indoxacarb; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0578; FRL-9336-7] 
received February 7, 2012.
    E.C. 5217--Mar. 8, 2012: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's ``Major'' final rule--Business Conduct Standards 
for Swap Dealers and Major Swap Participants With 
Counterparties (RIN: 3038-AD25) received February 17, 2012.
    E.C. 5218--Mar. 8, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fluopyram; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0364; FRL-9336-9] 
received February 11, 2012.
    E.C. 5219--Mar. 8, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Metaflumizone; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0168; FRL-9333-4] 
received February 11, 2012.
    E.C. 5220--Mar. 8, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Mevinphos; Order 
Revoking Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0423; FRL-9338-3] received 
February 11, 2012.
    E.C. 5221--Mar. 8, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Flazasulfuron; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0494; FRL-8883-1] 
received February 11, 2012.
    E.C. 5252--Mar. 13, 2012: A letter from the Manager, 
BioPreferred Program, Department of Agriculture, transmitting 
the Department's final rule--Designation of Biobased Items for 
Federal Procurement (RIN: 0503-AA39) received February 13, 
2012.
    E.C. 5253--Mar. 13, 2012: A letter from the Manager, 
BioPreferred Program, Department of Agriculture, transmitting 
the Department's final rule--BioPreferred Program (RIN: 0503-
AA41) received February 13, 2012.
    E.C. 5254--Mar. 13, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Kiwifruit Grown in California; Change 
in Reporting Requirements and New Information Collection [Doc. 
No.: AMS-FV-11-0041; FV11-920-1 FR] received March 2, 2012.
    E.C. 5255--Mar. 13, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus 
thuringiensis Cry2Ae Protein in Cotton; Exemption from the 
Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0573; FRL-9333-7] 
received February 2, 2012.
    E.C. 5273--Mar. 16, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Aureobasidium 
pullulans strains DSM 14940 and DSM 14941; Exemption from the 
Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0099; FRL-9337-3] 
received February 14, 2012.
    E.C. 5274--Mar. 16, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pasteuria 
nishizawae-Pn1; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance 
[EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0807; FRL-9337-2] received February 14, 2012.
    E.C. 5275--Mar. 16, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Spirotetramat; 
Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-
0783; FRL-9332-9] received February 14, 2012.
    E.C. 5341--Mar. 20, 2012: A letter from the Chairman and 
Chief Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, 
transmitting a report on the proposed fiscal year 2013 budget; 
jointly to the Committees on Agriculture and Oversight and 
Government Reform.
    E.C. 5343--Mar. 21, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Dairy Product Mandatory Reporting 
[Doc. No.: AMSDA-10-0089; DA-11-01] (RIN: 0581-AD12) received 
February 17, 2012.
    E.C. 5344--Mar. 21, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Marketing Order Regulating the 
Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Revision of 
the Salable Quantity and Allotment Percentage for Class 1 
(Scotch) and Class 3 (Native) Spearmint Oil for the 2011-2012 
Marketing Year [Doc. Nos.: AMS-FV-10-0094; FV11-985-1A FIR] 
received February 17, 2012.
    E.C. 5345--Mar. 21, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--National Organic Program (NOP); 
Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited 
Substances (Crops and Processing) [Doc. No.: AMS-NOP-10-0079; 
NOP-09-02FR] (RIN: 0581-AD06) received February 17, 2012.
    E.C. 5346--Mar. 21, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Revision of Cotton Futures 
Classification Procedures [Doc. No.: AMS-CN-10-0073; CN-10-005] 
(RIN: 0581-AD16) received February 17, 2012.
    E.C. 5367--Mar. 22, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pyroxasulfone; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0717; FRL-9334-2] 
received February 13, 2012.
    E.C. 5427--Mar. 27, 2012: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Wooden Handicrafts From 
China [Doc. No.: APHIS-2007-0117] (RIN: 0597-AC90) received 
March 2, 2012.
    E.C. 5428--Mar. 27, 2012: A letter from the Management and 
Program Analyst, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Community Forest and Open Space 
Conservation Program (RIN: 0596-AC84) received March 14, 2012.
    E.C. 5502--Mar. 30, 2012: A letter from the Secretary, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's report 
entitled, ``2011 Packers and Stockyards Program Annual 
Report''; to the Committee on Agriculture.
    E.C. 5503--Mar. 30, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Penthiopyrad; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0349; FRL-9335-7] 
received March 7, 2012.
    E.C. 5504--Mar. 30, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Aspergillus 
flavus AF36; Amendment to an Exemption from the Requirement of 
a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2007-0158; FRL-9341-5] received March 
9, 2012.
    E.C. 5505--Mar. 30, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Pyriofenone; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0659; FRL-9336-6] 
received March 9, 2012.
    E.C. 5522--Apr. 16, 2012: A letter from the Chief 
Information Officer, Department of Agriculture, transmitting 
the Department's final rule--Modification of Interlibrary Loan 
Fee Schedule (RIN: 0518-AA04) received March 22, 2012.
    E.C. 5523--Apr. 16, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--2-Propenoic acid, 
2-methyl-, 2-ethylhexyl ester, telomere with 1-dodecanethiol, 
ethenylbenzene and 2-methyloxiraine polymer with oxirane 
monoether with 1,2-propanediol mono(2-methyl-2-propenoate), 
hydrogen 2-sulfobutanedioate, sodium salt, 2, 2-(1,2-
diazenediyl)bis[[2-ethylpropanenitrile] initiated; Tolerance 
Exception [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0975; FRL-9339-9] received March 28, 
2012.
    E.C. 5524--Apr. 16, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Acetamiprid; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0403; FRL-9340-7] 
received March 28, 2012.
    E.C. 5658--Apr. 17, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Policy Issuances Division, Office of Policy and Program 
Development, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Changes to the Schedule of Operations 
Regulations [Doc. No.: FSIS-2010-0014] (RIN: 0583-AD35) 
received March 28, 2012.
    E.C. 5659--Apr. 17, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Bacillus pumilus 
strain GHA 180; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance 
[EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0536; FRL-9343-1] received March 23, 2012.
    E.C. 5689--Apr. 19, 2012: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's ``Major'' final rule--Customer Clearing 
Documentation, Timing of Acceptance for Clearing, and Clearing 
Member Risk Management (RIN: 3038-0092, -0094) received April 
10, 2012.
    E.C. 5690--Apr. 19, 2012: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Commodity Pool Operators and Commodity 
Trading Advisors: Compliance Obligations (RIN: 3038-AD30) 
received March 26, 2012.
    E.C. 5691--Apr. 19, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Congressional Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Tuberculosis in 
Cattle and Bison; State and Zone Designations; NM; Correction 
[Doc. No.: APHIS-2008-0124] received March 26, 2012.
    E.C. 5692--Apr. 19, 2012: A letter from the Administrator, 
Risk Management Agency, Department of Agriculture, transmitting 
the Department's final rule--Common Crop Insurance Regulations; 
Onion Crop Insurance Provisions [Doc. No.: FCIC-11-0004] (RIN: 
0563-AC29) received March 26, 2012.
    E.C. 5766--Apr. 25, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Silicic Acid, 
Sodium Salt etc.; Tolerance Exemption [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0934; 
FRL-9333-6] received April 11, 2012.
    E.C. 5797--Apr. 26, 2012: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's ``Major'' final rule--Swap Dealer and Major Swap 
Participant record-keeping, Reporting, and Duties Rules; 
Futures Commission Merchant and Introducing Broker Conflicts of 
Interest Rules; and Chief Compliance Officer Rules for Swap 
Participants, and Futures Commission Merchants (RIN: 3038-AC96) 
received April 3, 2012, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A); to 
the Committee on Agriculture.
    E.C. 5827--Apr. 27, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--2-Ethyl-1-
hexanol; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-
OPP-2011-0604; FRL-9342-5] received April 4, 2012.
    E.C. 5828--Apr. 27, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Acibenzolar-S-
methyl; Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0086; FRL-9343-3] 
received April 4, 2012.
    E.C. 5858--May 7, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Review Group, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Conservation Loan 
Program (RIN: 0560-AI04) received April 2, 2012.
    E.C. 5917--May 8, 2012: A letter from the Management and 
Program Analyst, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--National Forest System Land Management 
Planning (RIN: 0596-AD02) received April 19, 2012.
    E.C. 5945--May 10, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Thiamethoxam; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-1079; FRL-9331-8] 
received February 18, 2012.
    E.C. 5946--May 10, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Trifloxystrobin; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0138; FRL-9336-5] 
received February 18, 2012.
    E.C. 5947--May 10, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Trinexapac-ethyl; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0524; FRL-9337-9] 
received February 18, 2012.
    E.C. 6021--May 16, 2012: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Pomegranates From Chile 
Under a Systems Approach [Doc. No.: APHIS-2010-0024] (RIN: 
0579-AD38) received April 18, 2012.
    E.C. 6022--May 16, 2012: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Fresh Pitaya Fruit From 
Central America Into the Continental United States [Doc. No.: 
APHIS-2010-0113] (RIN: 0579-AD40) received April 18, 2012.
    E.C. 6023--May 16, 2012: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Importation of Clementines From Spain; 
Amendment to Inspection Provisions [Doc. No.: APHIS-2010-0036] 
(RIN: 0579-AD27) received April 18, 2012.
    E.C. 6026--May 16, 2012: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Asian Longhorned Beetle; Additions to 
Quarantined Areas in Massachusetts [Doc. No.: APHIS-2010-0128] 
received April 18, 2012.
    E.C. 6048--May 17, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Quizalofop Ethyl: 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-1018; FRL-9340-5] 
received April 18, 2012.
    E.C. 6069--May 18, 2012: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Golden Nematode; Removal of Regulated 
Areas [Doc. No.: APHIS-2011-0036] received April 19, 2012.
    E.C. 6070--May 18, 2012: A letter from the Congressional 
Review Coordinator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Karnal Bunt; Regulated Areas in 
California [Doc. No.: APHIS-2011-0074] received April 19, 2012.
    E.C. 6103--May 25, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Director--National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 
Department of Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final 
rule--Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities 
(HSACU) Certification Process (RIN: 0524-AA39) received April 
26, 2012.
    E.C. 6133--May 29, 2012: A letter from the Manager, 
BioPreferred Program, Department of Agriculture, transmitting 
the Department's final rule--Designation of Product Categories 
for Federal Procurement (RIN: 0599-AA14) received April 13, 
2012.
    E.C. 6134--May 29, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Dried Prunes Produced in California; 
Decreased Assessment Rate [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-11-0068; FV11-993-1 
FIR] received April 27, 2012.
    E.C. 6135--May 29, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Revision of Cotton Classification 
Procedures for Determining Cotton Leaf Grade [Doc. No.: AMSCN-
11-0066] (RIN: 0581-AD19) received April 24, 2012.
    E.C. 6136--May 29, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Review Group, Department of Agriculture, 
transmitting the Department's final rule--Upland Cotton Base 
Quality (RIN: 0560-AI16) received April 11, 2012.
    E.C. 6137--May 29, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Mango Promotion, Research, and 
Information Order; Assessment Increase [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-11-
0021] received April 27, 2012.
    E.C. 6138--May 29, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Marketing Order Regulating the 
Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Revision of 
the Salable Quantity and Allotment Percentage for Class 1 
(Scotch) Spearmint Oil for the 2011-2012 Marketing Year [Doc. 
No.: AMS-FV-10-0094; FV11-985-1B 1R] received April 27, 2012.
    E.C. 6139--May 29, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Pistachios Grown in California, 
Arizona, and New Mexico; Decreased Assessment Rate [Doc. No.: 
AMS-FV-11-0077; FV11-983-2 FIR] received April 27, 2012.
    E.C. 6140--May 29, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; 
Assessment Rate Decrease for Fresh Pears [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-11-
0060; FV11-927-2 FIR] received April 27, 2012.
    E.C. 6141--May 29, 2012: A letter from the Acting 
Administrator, Department of Agriculture, transmitting the 
Department's final rule--Pears Grown in Oregon and Washington; 
Assessment Rate Decrease for Processed Pears [Doc. No.: AMS-FV-
11-0070 FV11-927-3 FIR] received April 27, 2012.
    E.C. 6281--Jun. 5, 2012: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's ``Major'' final rule--Further Definition of ``Swap 
Dealer'', ``Security-Based Swap Dealer'', ``Major Swap 
Participant'', ``Major Security-Based Swap Participant'' and 
``Eligible Contract Participant'' [Release No.: 34-66868; File 
No. S7-39-10] (RIN: 3235-AK65) received May 23, 2012.
    E.C. 6321--Jun. 6, 2012: A letter from the Secretary, 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission, transmitting the 
Commission's final rule--Commodity Options (RIN: 3038-AD62) 
received April 30, 2012.
    E.C. 6322--Jun. 6, 2012: A letter from the Administrator, 
Rural Housing Service, Department of Agriculture, transmitting 
the Department's final rule--Community Facility Loans (RIN: 
0575-AC78) received May 9, 2012.
    E.C. 6323--Jun. 6, 2012: A letter from the Deputy 
Administrator, Rural Utilities Service, Department of 
Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final rule--
Specification for 15 kV and 25 kV Primary Underground Power 
Cable received May 1, 2012.
    E.C. 6324--Jun. 6, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Acequinocyl; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0449; FRL-9346-4] 
received May 1, 2012.
    E.C. 6325--Jun. 6, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Thiamethoxam; 
Pesticide Tolerances; Technical Correction [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-
1079; FRL-9344-9] received May 1, 2012.
    E.C. 6326--Jun. 6, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fluoxastrobin; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2009-0677; FRL-9345-3] 
received May 1, 2012.
    E.C. 6327--Jun. 6, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Dimethomorph; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-2011-0388; FRL-9346-6] 
received May 1, 2012.
    E.C. 6328--Jun. 6, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Metconazole; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0179; FRL-9345-6] 
received May 1, 2012.
    E.C. 6329--Jun. 6, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Carfentrazone-
ethyl; Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0428; FRL-9346-5] 
received May 1, 2012.
    E.C. 6330--Jun. 6, 2012: A letter from the Chairman and 
Chief Executive Officer, Farm Credit Administration, 
transmitting the Administration's final rule--General 
Provisions; Operating and Strategic Business Planning (RIN: 
3052-AC66) received May 9, 2012.
    E.C. 6381--Jun. 8, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Acetone; 
Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-
0039; FRL-3944-2] received May 11, 2012.
    E.C. 6382--Jun. 8, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Fluxapyroxad; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0421; FRL-9346-7] 
received May 11, 2012.
    E.C. 6383--Jun. 8, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Penflufen; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0425; FRL-9341-8] 
received May 11, 2012.
    E.C. 6384--Jun. 8, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Propylene oxide; 
Tolerance Actions [EPA-HQ-OPP-2005-0253; FRL-9346-8] (RIN: 
2070-ZA16) received May 11, 2012.
    E.C. 6476--Jun. 19, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Office of Procurement and Property Management, Department of 
Agriculture, transmitting the Department's final rule--
Guidelines for the Transfer of Excess Computers or Other 
Technical Equipment Pursuant to Section 14220 of the 2008 Farm 
Bill (RIN: 0599-AA13) received May 15, 2012.
    E.C. 6477--Jun. 19, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--1-
Naphthaleneacetic acid; Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2004-
0144; FRL-9346-9] (RIN: 2070-ZA16) received May 8, 2012.
    E.C. 6478--Jun. 19, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--a-(p-
Nonylphenol)-whydroxypoly(oxyethylene) Sulfate and Phosphate 
Esters; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-
OPP-2011-0526; FRL-9340-2] received May 8, 2012.
    E.C. 6479--Jun. 19, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--a-[p-(1,1,3,3-
Tetramethylbutyl)phenyl]-whydroxypoly(oxyethylene) Exemption 
from the Requirement of a Tolerance [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0525; FRL-
9340-1] received May 8, 2012.
    E.C. 6480--Jun. 19, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Agency's final rule--Ametoctradin; 
Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2010-0261; FRL-9339-7] 
received May 8, 2012.
    E.C. 6555--Jun. 21, 2012: A letter from the Director, 
Regulatory Management Division, Environmental Protection 
Agency, transmitting the Department's final rule--Acibenzolar-
S-methyl; Time-Limited Pesticide Tolerances [EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-
0674; FRL-9349-3] received May 22, 2012.

                    b. statutory and special reports

    USDA: Report on the plans developed by the Animal and Plant 
Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for funding provided under 
Section 10201 of the Act for Plant Pest and Disease Management 
and Disaster Prevention as requested by the Food, Conservation, 
and Energy Act of 2008. Submitted by USDA, January 11, 2011.
    USDA: List of statutory reporting requirements that USDA 
would like to prioritize or eliminate in order to reduce their 
administrative burden. Submitted by USDA, January 21, 2011.
    USDA: Record of Decision on Glyphosate--Tolerant Alfalfa 
Events J101 and J163: Request for Nonregulated Status (APHIS 
decision to fully deregulate Roundup Ready alfalfa). Submitted 
by USDA, January 28, 2011.
    USDA: Annual report describing the activities of the 
Consultative Group to Eliminate the Use of Child Labor and 
Forced Labor in Imported Agricultural Products as required by 
Section 3205(h) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy act of 
2008. Submitted by USDA, January 28, 2011.
    USDA: Report titled as the ``Equitable Relief Report'' as 
required by Section 1613 of the Farm Security and Rural 
Investment Act of 2002. Submitted by USDA, February 2, 2011.
    USDA: Report on implementation of concluded appeals to the 
National Appeals Division (NAD) fro the Farm Service Agency as 
required by Section 14009 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy 
Act of 2008. Submitted by USDA January 27, 2011.
    FCA: Farm Credit Administration's Proposed Fiscal Year 2012 
Budget and Performance Budget. Submitted by FCA, February 14, 
2011.
    USDA: Termination notice of Marketing Order 924 (order) 
regulating the handling of fresh prunes grown in designated 
counties in Washington and in Umatilla County, Oregon, pursuant 
to section 8c(16)(A) of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement 
Act of 1937. Submitted by USDA, February 2, 2011.
    USDC: Quarterly Report to Congress on activities undertaken 
by the Department of Commerce pursuant to Section 906(b) of the 
Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000. 
Submitted by the U.S. Department of Commerce, February 7, 2011.
    USDA: Charter for the Lake Tahoe Basin Federal Advisory 
Committee in compliance with P.L. 92-463, the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act. Submitted by USDA, February 15, 2011.
    USDA: Charter for the Forest Research Advisory Committee in 
compliance with P.L. 92-463, the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act. Submitted by USDA, February 16, 2011.
    GAO: Report on a major rule promulgated by the USDA, Rural 
Business Cooperative Service and Rural Utilities Service, 
entitled ``Advanced Biofuel Payment Program'', pursuant to 
section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, U.S.C. Submitted by GAO, 
February 28, 2011.
    EPA: Report titled ``FY2011-2015 EPA Strategic Plan'', as 
required by the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993. 
Submitted by EPA, March 1, 2011.
    USDA: Report titled ``Rural Development Housing and 
community Facilities Programs for July through December, 2010'' 
as required by Section 14009 of the Food, Conservation, and 
Energy Act. Submitted by USDA, February 23, 2011.
    USDA: The ``2010 Packers and Stockyards Program Annual 
Report''. Submitted by USDA, March 1, 2011.
    GAO: Report on a major rule promulgated by the USDA, Rural 
Business Cooperative and Rural Utilities Service, ``Biorefinery 
Assistance Guaranteed Loans'', pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) 
of title 5, U.S.C. Submitted by GAO, March 1, 2011.
    USDA: Charter for the U.S. Forest Service's Recreation 
Resources Advisory Committee and Forest Resource Coordinating 
Committee, in compliance with P.L. 92-463, the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act. Submitted by USDA, March 2, 2011.
    USDA: Charter for the National Wildlife Services Advisory 
Committee, in compliance with P.L. 92-463, the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act. Submitted by USDA, March 2, 2011.
    USDA: The ``Annual Crops and the Federal Crop Insurance 
Program'' report as required by section 12030 of the Food, 
Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. Submitted by USDA, March 
3, 2011.
    EPA: Draft copy of a proposed rule entitled ``Pesticides 
Data Requirements for Plant-Incorporated Protectants (PIPs) and 
Certain Exemptions for PIPS'' as required by section 25(a)(3) 
of the FIFRA Act. Submitted by EPA, March 4, 2011.
    USDA: Report on the ``Global Effort to Reduce Child Hunger 
and Increase School Attendance'' as directed by Section 3107 of 
the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. Submitted 
by USDA, March 16, 2011.
    USDA: Fiscal Year 2010 Report to Congress on State Payment 
Statistics Related to Enrollments in Selected Conservation 
Programs as Required by Section 1241(h) of the Food Security 
Act of 1985. Submitted by USDA, March 17, 2011.
    USDA: Report on the activities of the Agricultural Research 
Service as required by section 7409 of the 2008 Farm Bill (P.L. 
110-246). Submitted by USDA, March 18, 2011.
    USDA: Letter to Chairman Lucas from Secretary Thomas J. 
Vilsack concerning the Department's of Agriculture's final 
Environmental Impact Statement for the petition to grant 
nonregulated status for Roundup Ready (RR) alfalfa. Submitted 
by USDA, March 17, 2011.
    USDA: Letter approving the proposed McChesney and Steed 
land purchase referred to as Submission No. 011/03-11. In 
accordance with requirements in Section 17(b) of the National 
Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588 (90 Stat. 2949). 
Submitted by USDA, March 18, 2011.
    USDI: Two reports: ``A National Cohesive Wildland Fire 
Management Strategy'' and ``The Federal Land Assistance, 
Management and Enhancement Act of 2009--Report to Congress'' as 
required by Title V, section 503, of the 2010 Department of the 
Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act. 
Submitted by the U.S. Department of the Interior, March 25, 
2011.
    EPA: Draft copy of proposed rule that will provide several 
changes and corrections to the Microbial Pesticides data 
requirements at 40 CFR part 158, subpart V. Section 25(a)(3) of 
the FIFRA Act. Submitted by EPA, March 11, 2011.
    USDA: Letter approving the proposed John Hoskins land 
exchange referred to as Submission No. 011/3-11. In accordance 
with the requirements in Section 17(b) of the National Forest 
Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588 (90 Stat. 2949). Submitted 
by USDA, March 18, 2011.
    USDA: Letter approving the proposed South Appalachian 
Highlands Conservancy land purchase referred to as Submission 
No. 07/02-11. In accordance with the requirements in Section 
17(b) of the National Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-
588 (90 Stat. 2949). Submitted by USDA, March 22, 2011.
    USDA: Letter to Chairman Lucas from Secretary Thomas J. 
Vilsack advising that the Department of Agriculture's Office of 
the Chief Economist will close its one-person weather office in 
Stoneville, Mississippi. Submitted by USDA, March 24, 2011.
    FCSIC: Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation 2011 annual 
report demonstrating FCSIC's commitment to equal employment 
opportunity while fulfilling its mission to insure the timely 
payment of principal and interest on System-wide and 
consolidated bonds and obligations as required under the 
Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and 
Retaliation Act of 2002. Submitted by FCSIC, March 28, 2011.
    FCA: Fiscal year 2011 annual report describing the Farm 
Credit Administration's many advancements in incorporating 
equal employment opportunity in the performance of its mission 
to serve U.S. agriculture and rural America as required by the 
Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and 
Retaliation Act of 2002. Submitted by FCA, March 28, 2011.
    USDA: Appraisal of the status and trends of natural 
resources on non-Federal lands pursuant to the Soil and Water 
Resources Conservation Act of 1977. Submitted by USDA, March 
30, 2011.
    CBO: Review of CBO's activities in 2010 under the Unfunded 
Mandates Reform Act. Submitted by CBO, March 2011.
    CFTC: Report transmitting the fiscal year 2010 Federal 
Employee Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 for the 
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Submitted by CFTC, 
March 30, 2011.
    USDA: Letter approving the proposed Sumter National Forest 
Tripartite Exchange, using timber receipts for a land purchase 
referred to as Submission No. 04/01-11. Pursuant under the 
authority of the Act of March 1, 1911 (P.L. 61-435; 90 Stat. 
2756, as amended; 16 U.S.C. 516); Act of August 20, 1988 (P.L. 
100-409; 102 Stat. 1086; 43 U.S.C. 1716, 43 U.S.C. 751.) in 
accordance with the requirements in Section 17(b) of the 
National Forest Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588 (90 Stat. 
2949). Submitted by USDA, March 31, 2011.
    EPA: Draft final rule entitled ``Data Requirements for 
Antimicrobial Pesticides'' identified in the Regulatory Agenda 
under RIN 2070-AD30 as required by Section 25(a)(4) of the 
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Submitted 
by EPA, April 7, 2011.
    GAO: Report on a major rule promulgated by the U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service, entailed 
``Rural Broadband Access Loans and Loan Guarantees'' pursuant 
to section 801 (a)(2)(A) of title 5, United States Code. 
Submitted by GAO, April 7, 2011.
    FCA: Letter notifying that the Farm Credit Administration 
is currently working with several agencies to issue a proposed 
joint regulation for which they are unable to provide an 
advance copy of, as required by the Farm Credit Act of 1971. 
Submitted by FCA, April 7, 2011.
    USDA: A report which describes the expenditures for each 
State under the National Organic Certification Cost-Share 
Program as required by Section 10301 of the Food, Conservation, 
and Energy Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-246). Submitted by USDA, April 
8, 2011.
    CFTC: Joint Study on the Feasibility of Mandating 
Algorithmic Descriptions for Derivatives pursuant to the 
requirements of section 719 (b)(4) of the Dodd-Frank Wall 
Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Submitted by CFTC, 
April 8, 2011.
    USDA: Annual report for Fiscal Year 2010 required by the 
Notification and Federal Employee Antidiscrimination and 
Retaliation Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-174). Submitted by 
USDA, April 12, 2011.
    USHR: Letter from Representatives Frank D. Lucas, Fred 
Upton, and Sam Graves to the FDA regarding potential regulatory 
action by the Food and Drug Administration that are of 
significant concern to the nation's producers, veterinarians 
and consumers. Submitted by United State House of 
Representatives, April 12, 2011.
    USDA: Letter to Congressmen Kurt Schrader and Tim Holden 
thanking them and responding to one which they sent that was 
cosigned on February 16, 2011, supporting the use of 
domestically grown and produced wood products across the United 
States. Submitted by USDA, April 20, 2011.
    USDC: Report to the Congress the export licensing actions 
taken by the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and 
Security relating to exports of agricultural commodities to 
Cuba during January through March 2011 required by Section 
906(b) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act 
of 2000 (TSRA) (Title IX of Pub. L. 106-387). Submitted by 
USDC, April 21, 2011.
    FCA: Final rule adopted by the Farm Credit Administration 
Board under the provisions of the Farm Credit Act of 1971, 
amending Title 12, Chapter VI of the Code of Federal 
Regulations. Submitted by FCA, April 21, 2011.
    FCA: Proposed amendments to title 12, chapter VI of the 
Code of Federal Regulations as promulgated by the Farm Credit 
Administration. Submitted by FCA, April 21, 2011.
    USDA: Report pursuant to Section 154 of the Farmland 
Protection Policy Act, 7 U.S.C. 4207. Submitted by USDA, April 
27, 2011.
    SEC: Letter to Chairman Lucas from U.S. Securities and 
Exchange Commission concerning the implementation of Title VII 
of the Dodd-Frank Act. Submitted by USSEC, April 26, 2011.
    CFTC: Most recent charter of the Commission's Agricultural 
Advisory Committee pursuant to Section 9(c) of the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, 9(c). Submitted by 
CFTC, April 27, 2011.
    USHR: Letter to Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack concerning 
improving the nutritional profiles of meals severed in schools 
and maintaining participation rates. Submitted by the United 
States House of Representatives, May 5, 2011.
    USHR: Letter to Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack concerning 
improving the nutritional profiles of meals severed in schools 
and maintaining participation rates. Submitted by the United 
States House of Representatives, May 5, 2011.
    USAID: Report titled ``Fiscal Year 2010 Report on U.S. 
Humanitarian Assistance to North Korea'' pursuant to Section 
201 of the North Korean Human Rights Act Reauthorization Act of 
2008 (P.L. 110-346). Submitted by USAID, May 12, 2011.
    Embassy of Mauritius: Letter from Ambassador Somduth 
Soburun to Chairman Frank D. Lucas informing him of the pivotal 
economic role the African Growth and Opportunity Act, AGOA, has 
on sub Saharan Africa, including Mauritius. In particular, the 
Ambassador wishes to inform the Chairman of the impending 
expiration of the Third Country Fabric Provision in September 
2012. Submitted on May 11, 2011.
    USDC: Copy of the Department of Commerce's Performance and 
Accountability Report for fiscal year 2010. It highlights the 
Department's efforts to maximize U.S. competitiveness and 
foster science leadership. Submitted on May 16, 2011.
    FCA: Copy of a final rule adopted by the Farm Credit 
Administration Board under the provisions of the Farm Credit 
Act of 1971. The rule amends Title 12, Chapter VI of the Code 
of Federal Regulations, which now allows Farm Credit 
institutions to directly purchase loans to Farmers and other 
agriculturists from the FDIC. Submitted on May 19, 2011. (056)
    FCA: Copy of a final rule adopted by the Farm Credit 
Administration Board under the provisions of the Farm Credit 
Act of 1971. The rule amends Title 12, Chapter VI of the Code 
of Federal Regulations, which now permits a lower minimum 
lending limit on extensions of credit from a Federal Credit 
System Institution. Submitted on May 19, 2011.
    EPA: Draft copy of a proposed rule entitled ''Synchronizing 
the Expiration Dates of EPA Pesticide Applicator Certificates 
with the Underlying State or Tribal Applicator Certificate'' 
identified with Regulatory Agenda under RIN 2070-AJ77 Section 
25(a)(3). Submitted on May 25, 2011.
    USDOT: Letter informing Chairman Frank D. Lucas of the 
activities of the Department under a one year licensing 
agreement set forth under the Trade Sanctions reform and Export 
Enhancement Act of 2000. The enclosed report details 
Exportation activities to Iran and the Sudan from the period 
between April 1 and June 30, 2010. Submitted on June 1, 2011.
    USDA: Report informing Chairman Lucas of the most recent 
Semi Annual Report to Congress published by the Office of the 
Inspector General at the Department of Agriculture. The report 
spans the Department's accomplishments from October 1, 2010, 
through March 31, 2011. Submitted on June 14, 2011.
    USDA: The report contains the appeals to the National 
Appeals Division from the Risk Management Agency, as is 
required by Section 14009(b) of the Food, Energy, and 
Conservation Act of 2008. Submitted on June 14, 2011.
    CFTC: Letter to Members of the House and Senate 
Appropriations Committee regarding the reorganization to 
structure its staff for implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall 
Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to oversee an 
increasingly electronic marketplace, and plan for, manage and 
utilize agency resources pursuant to the Department of Defense 
and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011. Submitted on 
May 6, 2011.
    USDA: An Analysis of the Limited Base Acre Provision of the 
2008 Farm Act, prepared by the Economic Research Service in 
cooperation with Farm Service Agency. Submitted May 24, 2011.
    FCA: Farm Credit Administration Strategic Plan, 2011-2016, 
which was approved by the FCA Board on May 25, 2011. The plan 
was updated in accordance with the requirements of the 
Government Performance and Results Act and supersedes the FCA 
Strategic Plan, 2008-2013, which was approved in 2008. 
Submitted June 9, 2011.
    FCA: An advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) by 
the Farm Credit Administration. The purpose of this ANPRM is to 
gather information for revising existing Federal Agricultural 
Mortgage Corporation Risk-Based Capital Stress Test regulation 
to remove or reduce the reliance on data from credit rating 
agencies. Submitted June 10, 2011.
    USDA: Charters for the following committees: Agricultural 
Policy Committee Trade, Agricultural Technical Advisory 
Committee for Trade in Animal and Animal Products; Agricultural 
Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Fruits and 
Vegetables; Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee for Trade 
in Grain, Feed, and Oilseeds; Agricultural Technical Advisory 
Committee for Trade in Processed Foods; Agricultural Technical 
Advisory Committee for Trade in Sweeteners; Agricultural 
Technical Advisory Committee for Trade in Tobacco, Cotton, and 
Peanuts National Genetic Resources Advisory Council. Submitted 
June 17, 2011.
    USDA: Recommendation of moving forward with the proposed 
Laurence Rom purchase referred to as Submission No. 18/6-27. In 
accordance with the requirements in Section 17(b) of the 
National Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588 (90 Stat. 2949). 
Submitted June 27, 2011.
    USDA: Recommendation of moving forward with the proposed 
Belleview School District purchase to as Submission No. 17/16-
17. In accordance with the requirements in Section 17(b) of the 
National Management Act of 1976, P.L. 94-588 (90 Stat. 2949). 
Submitted June 27, 2011.
    USDA: Report ``Grassland to Cropland Conversion in the 
Northern Plains; The Role of Crop Insurance, Commodity, and 
Disaster Programs'' as required by Manager's Report 
accompanying H.R. 2419, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act 
of 2008. Submitted June 22, 2011.
    FDA: Letter requesting a response on FDA's possible ban of 
extralabel use of cephalosporin. Submitted June 24, 2011.
    USDA: Letter regarding USDA's Forest Service efforts to 
develop regulations for activities associated with the 
development of non-Federal mineral interests underlying 
National Forest System (NFS) lands. Submitted June 27, 2011.
    National Academy of Sciences: Letter to EPA with concerns 
to further expand its regulatory coverage over transgenic 
crops. Submitted July 5, 2011.
    FCA: Letter addressing the financial regulatory agencies 
regarding the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer 
Protection Act implementation process. Submitted July 7, 2011.
    USDA: In compliance with P.L. 92-463, the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act, enclosed are copies of 2 recent approved 
committee charters: Re-establishment of the Northwest Forest 
Plan Provincial Advisory Committees; and Agricultural Marketing 
Service, Fruit and Vegetable Programs. Submitted June 25, 2011.
    FDIC: Thank you letter for comments to Chairman Bair 
regarding the Joint Agency Proposed Rule to implement Section 
941 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer 
Protection Act concerning credit risk retention. Submitted June 
30, 2011.
    CFTC: Report on enhanced supervision of systemically 
important clearing entities as required by Title VIII, Section 
813 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer 
Protection Act of 2010. Submitted July 1, 2011.
    USDA: Notification of AMS intention to terminate Marketing 
Order 916 and certain provisions of Marketing Order 917. The 
orders regulate the handling of nectarines and peaches grown in 
California. Submitted July 5, 2011.
    USDA: As required by section 14216 of the Food, 
Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008--reporting on 
``Consideration of Proposed Recommendations of Study on Use of 
Cats and Dogs in Federal Research.'' Submitted July 8, 2011.
    SEC: Letter regarding the implementation of Title VII of 
the Dodd-Frank Act. Submitted July 8, 2011. Submitted July 8, 
2011.
    USAID: Formal response for the USAID to the GAO report 
entitled ``International Food Assistance: Better Nutrition and 
Quality Control Can Further Improve U.S. Food Aid.'' Submitted 
July 14, 2011.
    EPA: FACA Charter renewing the Environmental Laboratory 
Advisory Board. Submitted July 15, 2011.
    Senate of South Carolina Committee on Agriculture and 
Natural Resources: Letter regarding South Carolina tobacco 
farmers and the Trans Pacific Pact Free Trade Agreement. 
Submitted July 18, 2011.
    FCA: Proposed amendments to title 12, chapter VI of the 
Code of Federal Regulations as promulgated by the Farm Credit 
Administration. Submitted July 18, 2011.
    GAO: Acknowledging request for the GAO to review the 
implications of categorical eligibility for the Supplemental 
Nutrition Assistance Programs. Submitted July 19, 2011.
    DHHS: Report entitled as ``Organic Content Claims.'' 
Submitted July 20, 2011.
    FCA: Report as required by section 939A of the Dodd-Frank 
Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Submitted July 
21, 2011.
    EPA: As required by section 25(a) of FIFRA a draft rule 
entitled ``Prions; Proposed Amendment to Clarify Product 
Performance Data for Products with Prion-Related Claims and 
Availability of Draft Test Guidelines.'' Submitted July 27, 
2011.
    EPA: Charter Renewal of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory 
Committee in accordance with the provisions of the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App 2. Submitted July 29, 
2011.
    USDA: Recommendation of moving forward with the proposed 
Monroe County Board of Education purchase referred to as 
Submission No. 22/7-27. Submitted August 2, 2011.
    USDA: Letter regarding the ongoing study that requires the 
Department of Agriculture to conduct a study of the efficacy 
and accuracy of the application s of pact factors regarding the 
measurement of farm-stored production for purposes of insurance 
under the Federal Crop Insurance Act. Submitted August 3, 2011.
    USDA: Letter recommending moving forward with the proposed 
Sugar Pine Ridge purchase referred to as Submission No. 21/7-19 
within Laurel County, Kentucky on the Daniel Boone National 
Forest. Submitted August 9, 2011.
    USDA: Pursuant to Senate Report 111-221 accompanying the 
Appropriations Bill of 2011, a report on FSIS's implementation 
of the catfish inspection program. Submitted August 10, 2011.
    Department of the Treasury: Quarterly report for the period 
July 1 thru September 20, 2011 submitted under section 906(b) 
of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 
2011. Submitted August 10, 2011.
    CFTC: Report Titled as the ``Financial Stability Oversight 
Council, 2011 Annual Report.'' Submitted August10, 2011.
    USAID: Formal response to GAO report entitled 
``International Food Assistance: Funding Development Projects 
through the Purchase and Sale of U.S. Commodities is 
Inefficient and Can Cause Adverse Market Impacts'', including 
four recommendations. Submitted August 29, 2011.
    GAO: Notice of a major rule promulgated by the CFTC 
entitled ``Whistleblower Incentives and Protection''. Published 
in the Federal Register as a final rule on August 25, 2011, 
with an effective date of October 24, 2011. Letter submitted 
September 9, 2011.
    New Mexico Department of Agriculture: Letter of support for 
Kingston and Calvert amendments to Interior and Environment 
Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bills that address 
challenges associated with the Endangered Species Act. 
Submitted September 14, 2011.
    EPA: Letter from Administrator Jackson announcing the 
renewal of the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee 
in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act. Submitted September 16, 2011.
    GAO: Notice of a major rule promulgated by the CFTC 
entitled ``Swap Data Repositories: Registration Standards, 
Duties, and Core Principles.'' Published in the Federal 
Register as a final rule on September 1, 2011. Submitted 
September 16, 2011.
    Department of the Treasury: Quarterly report for the period 
October 1-December 31, 2010 submitter under section 906(b) of 
the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000. 
Submitted September 19, 2011.
    EPA: Letter sending a draft copy of a final rule entitled 
``Protections for Subjects in Human Research Involving 
Pesticides'' as required by section 25(a) of FIFRA. Submitted 
November 3, 2011.
    USDA: Notice of moving forward with the proposed Susan 
Miller purchase referred to as Submission No. 01/11-1. A 78.39 
acre tract of land located in Taylor County, Wisconsin. 
Submitted November 1, 2011.
    USDA: Submission of a draft report from the Farm Service 
Agency entitled ``A Report to Congress on Base Acre Reduction 
When Base Acres are Converted to a Non-Agricultural Use'' in 
accordance with Section 1101(c) of the Food, Conservation, and 
Energy Act of 2008. Submitted September 22, 2011.
    USDA: Submission of a report from the Farm Service Agency 
entitled ``A Report to Congress on Base Acre Reduction When 
Base Acres are Converted to a Non-Agricultural Use'' in 
accordance with Section 1101(c) of the Food, Conservation, and 
Energy Act of 2008. Submitted September 29, 2011.
    USDA: Submission of an annual as required by section 
3205(h) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 
describing the activities of the Consultative Group to 
Eliminate the Use of Child Labor and Forced Labor in Imported 
Agricultural Products. Submitted November 22, 2011.
    USDA: Letter informing of the actions taken at USDA in 
light of the funding reductions in the FY 2012 Agriculture 
Appropriations Act. Submitted October 4, 2011.
    USDA: Notice of moving forward with the proposed Bear 
Canyon/Trail Creek Land Exchange referred to as No. 23/8-24. A 
land exchange located on the Gallatin National Forest within 
Gallatin County, Montana. Submitted October 17, 2011.
    USAID: Submission of a report entitled as ``U.S. 
International Food Assistance Report 2010'' as required by 
Section 407 of the Food for Peace Act. Submitted October 19, 
2011.
    USDA: Submission of a report entitled as ``Direct 
Certification in the National School Lunch Program: State 
Implementation Progress School Year 2010-2011'' as required by 
section 4301 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. 
Submitted November 1, 2011.
    USDC: Submission of report on export licensing actions 
taken by the Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and 
Security (BIS) relating to exports of agricultural commodities 
to Cuba, as required by the Trade Sanctions Reform and 
Enhancement Act of 2000. Submitted November 3, 2011.
    EPA: Submission of draft proposed rule entitled 
``Pesticides; Revisions to Minimum Risk Exemption'' as required 
by section 25(a)(3) of FIFRA. Submitted November 28, 2011.
    USDA: Notice of moving forward with the proposed Mulberry 
Creek purchase referred to as Submission No. 25/9-28. A 517.27 
acre tract of land located within Caldwell County, NC on the 
Pisgah National Forest. Submitted November 4, 2011.
    USDA: Notice of moving forward with the proposed B&F Realty 
purchase referred to Submission No. 24/9-7. A 121.33 acre tract 
of land located in Bennington County, Vermont on the Green 
Mountain National Forest. Submitted November 4, 2011.
    USDA: Submission of the USDA 2011 Conference Transparency 
Report as required by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 
2008. Submitted November 21, 2011.
    OMB: Submission of a report to Congress on the 
Implementation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, 
Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, and the Food, 
Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. Submitted November 23, 
2011.
    FCA: Submission of proposed amendment to title 12, chapter 
VI of the Code of Federal Regulations as promulgated by the 
Farm Credit Administration. Submitted November 18, 2011.
    FCA: Submission of the semiannual report by the Inspector 
General of the FCA for the period of April 1, 2011 through 
September 30, 2011, pursuant to section 5 of the Inspector 
General Act of 1978. Submitted November 18, 2011.
    USDA: Submission of a report to Congress titled as 
``Biobased Economy Indicators'', as required by section 948 of 
the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Submitted November 30, 2011.
    USDA: Semiannual Report to Congress published by the Office 
of Inspector General. Submitted December 2, 2011.
    GAO: Report on Commodity Futures Trading Commission: 
Position Limits for Futures and Swaps, pursuant to section 
801(a)(2)(A) of title 5 U.S.C. Submitted December 5, 2011.
    USDA: Submission of proposed University of New Hampshire 
purchase referred to as Submission No. 02/12/1 as required by 
section 17(b) of the National Forest management Act of 1976. 
The two tracts of land are located within Carroll County, New 
Hampshire on White Mountain National Forest. Submitted December 
13, 2011.
    CFTC: Semiannual Report of the Office of the Inspector 
General (OIG) of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for 
the period from April 1, 2010 through September 30, 2010. 
Submitted December 15, 2011.
    EPA: Charter Renewal of the Local Government Advisory 
Committee in accordance with the provisions of the Federal 
Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App 2. Submitted December 30, 
2011. Submitted December 30, 2011.
    USDC: Department of Commerce's Performance and 
Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2011. Submitted December 
22, 2011.
    GAO: Commodity Futures Trading Commission: Investment of 
Consumer Funds and Funds Held in an Account for Foreign Options 
Transactions. Submitted January 3, 2012.
    GAO: GAO Study on State Use of Broad-Based Categorical 
Eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program 
(SNAP). Submitted January 5, 2012.
    USDA: Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) Annual Report 
to the U.S. Congress. Submitted January 5, 2012.
    CFTC: Letter from Commissioner Bart Chilton regarding 
protection of customer funds in the MF Global operation. 
Submitted December 15, 2011.
    USDA: In compliance with P.L. 92-463, the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act, enclosed is copy of the Committee Charter: 
National Advisory Committee for Implementation of the National 
Forest System Land Management Planning Rule. Submitted January 
20, 2012.
    GAO: Report on Commodity Futures Trading Commission: Real-
Time Public Reporting of Swap Transaction Data, pursuant to 
section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5 U.S.C. Submitted January 23, 
2012.
    NRCS: Report titled ``Implementation Report for Natural 
Resources Conservation Services National Appeals Division 
Cases'' as required by Section 14009 of Food, Conservation, and 
Energy Act. Submitted January 26, 2012.
    GAO: Report on Commodity Futures Trading Commission: Swap 
Data record-keeping and Reporting Requirements, pursuant to 
section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5 U.S.C. Submitted January 27, 
2012.
    U.S. Treasury: Submission of a quarterly report by section 
906(b) of the Trade Sanction Reform and Export Enhancement Act 
of 2000 describing the activities of the Department of 
Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control. Submitted January 
31, 2012.
    CFTC: Joint Study of International Swap Regulation pursuant 
to the requirements of section 719(c) of the Dodd-Frank Wall 
Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Submitted February 
1, 2012.
    USDA: In compliance with P.L. 92-463, the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act, enclosed is a copy of a recently approved 
Committee Charter: National Urban and Community Forestry 
Advisory Council. Submitted February 1, 2012.
    GAO: Pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, U.S.C., a 
report on a major rule promulgated by the Dept. of Agriculture, 
Food and Nutrition Service: Nutrition Standards in the National 
School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Submitted February 
15, 2012.
    GAO: Pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, U.S.C., a 
report on a major rule promulgated by the CFTC, entitled 
``Business Conduct Standards for Swap Dealers and Major Swap 
Participants With Counterparties.'' Submitted March 5, 2012.
    GAO: Pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, U.S.C., a 
report on a major rule promulgated by the CFTC, entitled ``CFTC 
Protection of Cleared Swaps Customer Contracts and Collateral; 
Conforming Amendments to the Commodity Broker Bankruptcy 
Provisions.'' Submitted February 22, 2012.
    USDA: In compliance with P.L. 92-463, the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act approved Charter: Black Hills National Forestry 
Advisory Board. Submitted February 29, 2012.
    EPA: Charter of the Environmental Financial Advisory Board 
in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory 
Committee, 5 U.S.C. App 2. Submitted March 9, 2012.
    USDA: The 2011 Packers and Stockyards Program Annual Report 
as required by the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921, as 
amended. Submitted March 1, 2012.
    EPA: Draft copy of a final rule entitled ``Synchronizing 
the Expiration Dates of EPA Pesticide Applicator Certificates 
with the Underlying State or Tribal Applicator Certificate'' as 
required by FIFRA. Submitted March 12, 2012.
    USDA: Report on the Evaluation of the Rural Development, 
Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program Financing of 
Locally or Regionally Produced Food Products. Submitted March 
15, 2012.
    USDA: AMS National Organic Program Cost-Share Programs 2012 
Report to Congress as required by section 10301 of the Food, 
Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. Submitted March 19, 2012.
    USDA: Colony Collapse Disorder 2010 Annual Report as 
required by section 7204(h)(4) of the Food, Conservation, and 
Energy Act of 2008. Submitted March 23, 2012.
    USDA: The Federal Information Security Management Act 
Report for fiscal year 2011. Submitted March 23, 2012.
    USDA: Review and recommendation of moving forward with the 
Sugar Creek Gap Land Exchange, referred to as Submission No. 
03/12-13 located in the Nantahala National Forest. Submitted 
March 29, 2012.
    USDA: Review and Recommendation of moving forward with the 
Estep/Wangelin purchase referred to as Submission No. 05/01-30 
located in Ripley County, Missouri on the Mark Twain National 
Forest. Submitted March 29, 2012.
    GAO: Pursuant to section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5, U.S.C., a 
report on a major rule promulgated by the CFTC entitled ``CFTC 
Swap Dealer and Major Swap Participant record-keeping, 
Reporting, and Duties Rules; Futures Commission Merchant and 
Introducing Broker Conflicts of Interest Rules; and Chief 
Compliance Officer Rules for Swap Dealers, Major Swap 
Participants, and Futures Commission Merchants.'' Submitted 
April 18, 2012.
    USDC: Report to Congress relating to exports of 
agricultural commodities to Cuba from October through December 
20122. Submitted February 2, 2012.
    USDA: Pursuant to 17.108(a) of the Federal Acquisition 
Regulations stipulates that any multi-year contract with a 
cancellation ceiling in excess of $12.5 million may not be 
awarded until the head of the Agency gives written notification 
of the proposed contract and cancellation. Submitted May 25, 
2012.
    USDA: Report of the status and disposition of cases 
returned to the agency by the National appeal Division (NAD) as 
required by section 14009 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy 
Act of 2008. Submitted March 12, 2012.
    USDA: Letter to Chairman Lucas in response to issues raised 
regarding placing a moratorium on the implementation of the ski 
area water clause. Submitted April 2, 2012.
    USDA: Letter to Chairman Lucas in response regarding 
Taiwan's unwarranted restrictions on mean imports from the 
United States. Submitted April 27, 2012.
    FCA: Semiannual report by the Inspector General of the FCA 
for the period of October 1, 2011 thru March 31, 2012. 
Submitted May 7, 2012.
    CFTC: Charter for the Commission's renewal of the Joint 
CFTC-SEC Advisory Committee pursuant to section 14 of the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2 section 14 
relevant implementing regulations and guidelines. Submitted May 
8, 2012.
    USDA: Recommendation on moving forward with the proposed 
Land Trust for the Little TN purchase referred to as Submission 
No. 08/05-09. Submitted May 11, 2012.
    GAO: Report on major rule promulgated by the USDA Food and 
Nutrition Service entitled ``Certification of Compliance With 
Meal Requirements for the National School Program Under the 
Healthy-Hunger Kids Act of 2010.'' Submitted May 15, 2012.
    USDA: Copy of USDA's annual report on civil rights 
complaints, resolutions, and actions, corresponding to Fiscal 
Year 2011, in accordance with the requirements of the Food, 
Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. Submitted May 30, 2012.
    USDA: Copy of Administrative Expenses for Programs 
Established under the Commodity Promotion Laws as required by 
section 501(d) of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and 
Reform Act of 1996. Submitted June 4, 2012.
    GAO: Copy of the CFTC and SEC report entitled ``Further 
Definition of `Swap Dealer,' `Security-Based Swap Dealer,' 
`Major Swap Participant,' `Major Security-Based Swap 
Participant' and 'Eligible Contract Participant''' as required 
by section 801(a)(2)(A) of title 5 U.S.C. Submitted June 7, 
2012.
    USDA: Charter titled as the ``National Agricultural 
Statistics Service, Agricultural Statistics Board'' in 
compliance with P.L. 92-463, the Federal Advisory Committee 
Act. Submitted June 4, 2012.
    EPA: Charter titled as the ``Great Lakes Advisory Board'' 
in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory 
Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2. Submitted June 15, 2012.
    USDA: Repot on implementation of concluded appeals to the 
National Appeals Division (NAD) from the Risk Management Agency 
(RMA) as required by section 14009(b) of the Food, Energy, and 
Conservation Act of 2008. Submitted June 15, 2012.